Life post-Cabinet: VP Leni reveals next move after resignation

  • Vice president revealed her plans after stepping down as housing czar
  • She said she will continue to be involved in housing, build on gains
  • She also denied accusations she did nothing as HUDCC chair

MANILA, Philippines – After stepping down as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) amid a fallout with President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo said she will build on her experience and continue to be involved in the housing sector while continuing the anti-poverty programs she been involved with before she became vice president.

“Idadagdag namin na adbokasiya ang housing. Mahihirapan na ngayon kasi hindi kami ang pinuno pero dahil naiintindihan namin ang buong problema, magiging very active pa rin kami sa housing,” ABS-CBN quoted her as saying.

[We will add housing to our advocacies. I will admittedly find it hard to operate since I’m no longer the housing czar but since we now have a clearer understanding of the housing problem, we will remain active in the housing sector.]

Image from Leni Robredo's Facebook page
Image from Leni Robredo’s Facebook page

The vice president also rebuffed accusations that she was let go due to her inefficiency on the housing problem; saying she had been very active in her job as housing czar.

“I don’t think even the president or anyone in Cabinet would say na nagkulang ako. Ako lang siguro ang HUDCC chair na personal na dumadalo ng board meetings,” she said. “Halos maraming araw sa isang linggo na doon talaga ako nag-oopisina. Their statements do not in any way imply na iyung pagtanggal sa akin was housing-connected.”

[I don’t think even the president or anyone in the Cabinet would say I had shortcomings. I was perhaps the only HUDCC chair who attended board meetings. Almost the entire week I was in the office. The statements of the president’s spokesperson do not in anyway imply that my being dropped from this job was housing-connected.]