MANILA, July 8, 2016— A Catholic priest believes that Vice President Leni Robredo will be an asset to the Duterte administration.
Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive director Caritas Philippines, said that Robredo has an impressive background in public service especially for the poor.
“That is Robredo’s strength that we need for our country,” Gariguez said.
President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday appointed the Robredo chairman of the government’s Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Malacañang said Robredo has already accepted the post previously held by former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
She was also asked to report for the first Cabinet meeting on Monday.
“We are happy about the appointment. This not about partisanship but this is thinking about what is good for the whole country,” Gariguez said.
“Leni is not a traditional politician so we expect a better performance and a more consultative pro-people implementation of development (programs) for the poor,” he added.
The priest also lauded Duterte’s appointment of Gina Lopez as Environment Secretary and Rafael Mariano as head of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
“These are good choice for the people because they really fit for the job and not just to protect and pursue the interest of corporations of the ruling elite,” he said. (CBCPNews)