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VP Leni opened up for ‘not being invited’ during state dinner by Duterte and Xi Jinping

Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from CNN Philippines
NO BIGGIE – Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, opened up about ‘not being invited’ during the state dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang for Chinese President Xi Jin Ping on November 20.

Robredo told during a ‘question and answer’ session with businessmen and other members of the Rotary Club of Makati West during Makati City’s 49th Anniversary celebration.

After delivering a speech, the 53 – year old housing chief said, “Just yesterday I was being asked by people how was the state dinner… I was not invited so they were telling me how come,” adding that a lot of things were “happening politically” that not only downplayed her role as VP but also the Office of the Vice President.

The Vice President, however, managed to quip on the affair, saying, “I was telling them it was even better because in the previous occasions, I was being invited, then they would disinvite me. But you know, I think that’s not the most important.”
Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from news.mb.com.ph
Robredo insisted not having to mind about NO INVITES to the event so long as her office continues to fulfill their mandate to help Filipinos in need.

“The most important thing given the limitations of our office not only on resources but mandate, we are able to transform lives in the best way that we can,” Robredo said.

For VP Leni, “hope remains despite the difficulties of being VP” as she spoke about her flagship anti – poverty program, ANGAT BUHAY, before the members of the Rotary Club of Makati.

Currently, the program works with 127 Local Government Units with over 300 partners nationwide linking poor communities with organizations, and private entities who are willing to give them a hand.

OVP's Angat Buhay Program

VP Leni’s Angat Buhay Program claimed to have helped more than 150,000 Families since taking oath 2 years ago.
Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from cosmo.ph
In an earlier statement, VP Leni said, “Ito iyong pinangako ko noong ako ay kumakandidato, noong aking inauguration — na iyong core talaga na magiging programa ng Office of the Vice President iyong pag-asikaso ng mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan.”

The OVP brags P252 Million worth of aid with support from partners, mostly from the private sector.

“Tingin ko iyong pinakamahalaga dito hindi lang iyong pagtulong, pero pinapakita natin iyong kahalagahan ng collaboration, pinapakita natin iyong kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa ng iba’t ibang stakeholders—na aariin iyong obligasyon na tulungan iyong ating mga kababayan.” Robredo said.

Launched in October 2016, the Angat Buhay Program focuses on six key advocacy areas, namely: public education, rural development, food security and nutrition, women empowerment, universal healthcare, and housing and resettlement.

Robredo said that OVP’s budgetary constraints would not be a hindrance to helping marginalized families.

One of the program’s main project is the provision of 100 transitory shelters for the displaced residents of Marawi City after the siege, 60 of which have been turned over last July 2018.


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Source: Manila Bulletin