Robredo reacts on alleged plan to abolish OVP: Tao ang magpapasya

Vice President Leni Robredo broke her silence as she stressed the alleged plan to abolish her office should come from the Filipino people, not elected officials.

In an interview on January 16, 2018, Robredo said that the people gave her the mandate when they elected her as vice president.

"Yung pagkahalal sa amin, sa akin bilang pangalawang pangulo, ang alam kong ibinigay sa akin anim na taon. Ang puwede lang bumawi nu’ng mandatong ‘yun, taumbayan din,” she said. “Kaya lahat ng proposals, amendments sa Konstitusyon, kailangang tanungin ‘yung mga tao kung sang-ayon sila dito," said Robredo.

Robredo added that whatever the decision will look alike, she will respect it since it's the voice of Filipino people.

“Kung palagay ng taumbayan hindi na kinakailangan iyong Pangalawang Pangulo, tayo naman, parati tayong magrerespeto sa kagustuhan ng taumbayan. Pero kinakailangan kahiligan ito ng tao, hindi ng ibang politiko,” said Duterte.

The vice president issued her statement when asked about the plans of the government to revise the constitution in order to for us to shift to federal government.

Amendments proposed by a subcommittee of the House committee on constitutional amendments leaves no room for a vice president.

However, the subcommittee said that Robredo will stay in her post until 2022 “to exercise her powers and prerogatives as VP under the 1987 Constitution.”

The proposal states that the new federal government will have a President and a Prime Minister, who will serve as head of state and head of government, respectively.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been championing a shift to federalism since the campaign period for the 2016 polls.

Duterte argued federalism would decentralize power and wealth away from "Imperial Manila" and empower the other regions

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