TO be Vice President in this country is to be marginalized. This, Joseph Estrada himself realized when he first stepped into the shoes of his predecessor, Vice President Salvador Laurel. On June 30, 1992, Estrada entered the Office of the Vice President (OVP) which was then at the Old Congress Building on P. Burgos St., Manila and saw Laurel’s almost decrepit office, also his measly operating budget. “Kinawawa masyado,” was Erap’s initial reaction.
Since then, Estrada started to have a soft heart for the vice presidency, the reason he gave Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a nice Cabinet post, secretary of DSWD, and a better than average budget. He did not know that it was Gloria who would ease him out of Malacañang.
With the President’s all-encompassing influence and powers in every nook and cranny in government, the Vice President, especially if she or he belongs to the rival political party, will always be a pariah.
‘Now VP Leni has urged all Filipinos to come together and work as one in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and we honestly believe that she should be heard.’
Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo is so sweet and “graciosa” that she can roll with the punches coming from the Palace. When the pandemic struck, she mustered enough money and effort to help in whatever small way she could: dormitories for the frontline health workers, free transportation, personal protective equipment, face masks, food and marketing activities, etc. An evidence that she is making quite a dent in her work is when a Palace sycophant accused her of sabotaging official government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, prodding President Duterte to fire the foolish Malacañang functionary.
Mrs. Robredo knows whereof she speaks whenever she takes up the topic of fighting the coronavirus because she has been on the ground, too. General Carlito Galvez Jr. should be reminded that the Vice President is no arm-chair executive.
Now VP Leni has urged all Filipinos to come together and work as one in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and we honestly believe that she should be heard.