Palace: No joining forces with Robredo camp

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    AMID a renewed exchange of words between President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo and their camps, presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday dismissed the possibility of the two sides joining forces in the remainder of the terms.

    Roque, in an interview with radio dzRH, said the President can do his work and serve the people on his own.

    “Hindi po natin kinakailangan na magsanib pwersa na sila dahil patuloy naman po ang Presidente sa paglilingkod, despite and in spite the ostracism at iyong mga hadlang na binibigay ni VP Leni (We do not need them to join forces because the President continues to serve, despite and in spite of the ostracism and blocks set by VP Leni),” he said.

    He added Duterte continues to enjoy the trust and support of at least nine out of 10 Filipinos, based on recent surveys, and 90 percent are satisfied with how the administration is handling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Roque said in comparison, only about 50 percent of Filipinos trust Robredo and are satisfied with her because, he said, of her politicking and because Filipinos know that the President is not politicking but rendering service to the public as best as he can.

    Results of a Pulse Asia survey released in December 2020 showed Duterte’s approval and trust ratings at 87 percent and 83 percent, respectively. Robredo’s approval rating was 58 percent and trust rating, 53 percent.

    An earlier Pulse Asia survey, released in October 2020, showed 91 percent approval rating and 91 percent trust rating for Duterte while Robredo had a 57 percent approval and a 50 percent trust rating.

    The President has been criticizing Robredo, telling her she is not fit to become president and she should go back to law school. He also accused her of early politicking and warned her he would reveal a lot about her if she decides to run for president in 2022. He stepped up attacks in the past weeks for Robredo’s statements about the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

    Robredo, in her camp’s latest retort, said government has been blaming the Vice President for its failures, and the President is being touchy and not behaving like a leader, among others.

    Robredo has expressed displeasure over the President’s pronouncement about asking the United States for compensation in exchange for sustaining the Visiting Forces Agreement. which she had likened to extortion.