Robredo: Personal attack in Duterte-De Lima conflict ‘not helping’

President Rodrigo R. Duterte welcomes Vice President Maria Leonor V. Robredo who was appointed secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) prior to the Cabinet meeting in Malacañan Palace on July 11, Monday.(MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte welcomes Vice President Maria Leonor V. Robredo who was appointed secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) prior to the Cabinet meeting in Malacañan Palace on July 11, Monday.(MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) — Resorting to personal attacks does not help in discourse between government officials, Vice President Leni Robredo said Thursday.

“Iyong sa akin ay puwede naman na nag-disagree tayo on issues pero sa diskusyon whether nag-a-agree tayo o disagree kailangan pakinggan natin ang bawat isa, kailangan kahit iba sa paniniwala natin, magrespetuhan,” she said.

She added: “Kasi tayo namang lahat, kaya tayo nandito para to bring out the best on people, ‘di ba? ‘Pag binababa natin ang discourse sa personalan, baka ang na-bi-bring out natin ay ang worst in people.”

Robredo added that the conversation must focus on the issues at hand.

The Vice President issued the remarks in light of a recent spat between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima.

Robredo said she is saddened by the matter.

“[N]akakalungkot na kailangang personalan ang laban,” she said in a chance interview in Naga City, where she is attending activities in commemoration of the fourth death anniversary of her husband, Jesse Robredo.

“Dapat tayo, kaming lahat, si Presidente, ako, si Sen. Leila, ang lahat ng government officials kailangan maging inspiring kami. Hindi lang para sa ibang mga government officials pati na sa ating mga kababayan. Kailangang maibalik lang sa issue ang usapin,” she said.

The President lashed out at De Lima’s criticism of his administration’s anti-drug campaign, calling it “politicking” and “posturing.”

He said De Lima is “immoral” and named her as the official he was talking about who was allegedly having an affair with her driver.

He added that the senator funded her alleged lover’s house with money that “came readily from drugs.”

That same day, a teary-eyed De Lima branded Duterte’s remarks as “very foul” and a form of “character assassination.”

It was during De Lima’s time as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights that an investigation into then-Mayor Duterte’s supposed links to the Davao Death Squad was launched. The squad is blamed for vigilante-style killings of mostly petty criminals in Davao City. (MNS)

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