Palace: No Bongbong influence on Rody’s desist order against Leni

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  • Cabinet Secretary denied of plot to swipe vice presidency away from Robredo
  • Evasco said Duterte’ decision had nothing to do with former senator Bongbong Marcos
  • He also said they have yet to receive Robredo’s resignation, look for another HUDCC chief

MANILA, Philippines – No Marcos in the mix, just irreconcilable differences.

Explaining President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction to Vice President Leni Robredo not to attend Cabinet meetings anymore, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. denied that former senator Bongbong Marcos had something to do with the desist order.

“Wala namang sinabi si Presidente na ang hindi pagdalo ni Vice President Leni sa Cabinet meeting something to do with Bongbong Marcos,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “There was nothing like that.”

[The President didn’t say that Vice President Leni’s not attending Cabinet meetings had anything to do with Bongbong Marcos.]

Evasco, who said he was forced to send a text message as Robredo did not answer his call, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason behind Duterte’s order to Robredo.

Image from Barry Gutierrez's Facebook page
Image from Barry Gutierrez’s Facebook page

“That’s the President’s order and the reason is there are irreconcilable differences between VP Robredo and the administration headed by Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” he said. “I cannot say more. The President just said ‘irreconcilable differences’ besides the public may already have an idea what these differences are.”

Evasco then clarified that they have yet to receive Robredo’s resignation letter as well as instructions to find another Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) since the president’s instruction was only of desistance and not of termination.

“If that is the case then we will be constrained to look for somebody who will handle HUDCC in her place,” he said. “If they cannot just jibe with what the President is doing and cannot support what the president is doing, then they have to resign.”