Rather than be a team player, “vice president” Leni Robredo behaved like an entitled spoilt brat the whole time she “served” in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. The expectations Duterte had of Robredo were quite simple as articulated in the official Malacanang statement on her removal from the Cabinet…
As a Cabinet member, the Vice President is expected to be a team player where differences in policies and issues are discussed during Cabinet meetings. The President in turn respects any decision agreed upon by his Cabinet.
However, it has become quite apparent that Robredo has so far been an utter disappointment…
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Recent events, however, showed the differences between the President and the Vice President as becoming irreconcilable and public.
The key word is how it was all aired in public.
Many observers will agree that the “vice president”, rather than act like a professional and address her gripes up the management hierarchy that she was a part of, instead used the media as her sounding board. Ask any professional in the madla and any sane person will agree that hanging your boss out to dry in public is a career-limiting move. In essence, Robredo has made a nuisance of herself in the Duterte Cabinet. How, after all, do you move forward when your own “vice president” is undermining you at every step?
But Robredo has been a lot worse than a mere nuisance. Leni Robredo has been a parasite. A parasite is an organism that eats its host from within. That is essentially what Robredo has been from the onset — the Yellowtards’ insider into the workings of the Duterte administration. The trouble with Leni the Mole is that unlike most cluey spies, she drew attention to herself thanks to her incessant schmoozing with the media. A true and effective spy would have first — and quietly — earned the confidence of her hosts and then proceeded to gather actionable intel and transmit these to her handlers.
From that perspective, Robredo not only failed the Duterte administration, she also failed her Liberal Party (LP) handlers. In Robredo’s removal from the Duterte Cabinet, the LP has lost a valuable insider and effectively cut itself out of the Malacanang loop. Not only is Robredo phyisically holding residence outside of Malacanang, she is now by all accounts a total outsider.
That’s what happens when you elect dum-dums to the highest public offices. You are left with a useless and inutile dum-dum for your trouble.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.