Robredo ‘warmly welcomed’ into Duterte Cabinet

Pia Ranada
Cabinet members discussed with Robredo the 'process and the thinking' behind the Duterte administration's controversial war on drugs, says the Palace spokesman

WELCOMING LENI. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the newly-appointed chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Vice President Leni Robredo who attends the Cabinet meeting for the first time. Photo by Cado Ninal/Malacanang PPD

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo, the latest addition to the Duterte Cabinet, was warmly welcomed to her first Cabinet meeting, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Tuesday, July 12.

“It was a very warm situation. She was warmly welcomed and she seemed to appreciate the fact that she was part of the Cabinet now,” Abella told Malacañang reporters.

Photos of the July 11 Cabinet meeting released to media showed Robredo seated with other Cabinet members in the Aguinaldo State Dining Room. Later on, she is shown shaking hands with a smiling President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Abella said that since it was her first Cabinet meeting, Robredo listened for the most part. She was not yet given any marching orders as housing chief.

ORIENTATION. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a Cabinet orientation meeting along with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Malacanang PPD

One of the topics explained to Robredo was the Duterte administration’s controversial anti-drugs campaign.

“She was made privy to the process and the thinking of the war on drugs,” said Abella. 

Robredo “did not express any” views on the campaign, claimed Abella.

The Vice President has said that her new appointment as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council head will allow her to better serve homeless Filipinos. She has given her 100% support to the Duterte administration.

Duterte has also asked for her help in leading the country. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.