Anakpawis Rep Ariel Casilao along with several other allies of President Rodrigo Duterte and Jejomar Binay have alleged Vice President Leni Robredo of “playing good girl” to several international donors as well as undermining the administration’s efforts to come up with an independent foreign policy.
“It should be drawn that Robredo does not share the President’s vision for an independent country, but is hospitable to foreign countries dictating us, comparable to her party-mate, former president [Benigno Aquino III],” said Ariel Casilao, a member of the Makabayan bloc in Congress.
Casilao also accused Robredo of “playing good girl” after the latter said that ending poverty should be given focus as it is a “larger war that needs attention” as compared to the government’s bloody war against drugs.
On the other hand, Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado revealed that the reason behind the worsening problem on poverty is the failure of the previous administration to address the problem.
“With all due respect to Vice President Robredo, her party, the Liberal Party (LP), failed to address poverty in the six years it was in power,” Salgado said in a statement.
He added that this is the reason why the issue on poverty remains to be serious up to this day.
Salgado said that the LP’s governance style is considered as “insensitive” to the predicament faced by the poor.
Casilao also criticized Robredo for defending foreign aid and saying it was not a “beggar-donor relationship.”
To add, Casilao said that Robredo took over the mandate of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) chaired by former Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza, who is also from Makabayan.
Lastly, Casilao pointed out that Robredo failed to act on the plight of the relocatees of St. Martha to Bocaue, Bulacan, where a 3-year-old child died due to contamination, shortly after she announced the relocation efforts to be suspended.
It can be recalled that just over a week ago, the Vice President gained the support from international agencies including the World Bank, Unicef, Asian Development Bank, and United Nations Development Program.