- Vice President Leni Robredo said she has the right to voice out her opinion because she is a Filipino
- Robredo said as a citizen, it is her obligation to be part of the nation-building
- She lamented the government’s lack of urgency and direction in their anti-COVID response
Vice President Leni Robredo gave a reminder that like other Filipinos, she also has the right to voice out her opinion towards the government.
During an interview with Howie Severino, Robredo was asked to respond to an editorial which questioned why she voices out her opinion on policy matters when supposedly she has no role in policy-making.
“Kahit hindi ako VP, kahit ordinaryong mamamayan lang ako may karapatan akong ipahayag ‘yung aking mga mungkahi. May karapatan akong mag-criticize if I need to criticize, kasi ‘yun ‘yung demands ng pagiging Filipino ko. And demands sa akin as a Filipino ay maging bahagi, maging bahagi ako sa nation building,” Robredo said.
The Vice President lamented how frustrating it is to witness the lack of coordination and direction of the various agencies in the government’s efforts against COVID-19.
“Kasi parang napaka-frustrating tingnan. Napaka-frustrating tingnan na ‘yun nga hindi mo alam kung ano ‘yung direksyon. ‘Yung sasabihin ng isa, sasalungatin ng isa. ‘Yung direksyon ng ahensya hindi sabay-sabay,” Robredo said.
Robredo compared how the press conferences of other world leaders such as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen were more clear in their directives.
In the end, Robredo reiterated that it is her obligation – and the rest of the Filipinos as well – to voice out their criticisms. “So, sa akin obligasyon ‘yun and hindi puwedeng sabihin na dahil hindi ako presidente, hindi ako puwedeng magsalita. Kasi kahit as I have said kahit walang katungkulan puwedeng magsalita,” she said.