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    Interview with Vice President Leni Robredo

    Interview with Vice President Leni Robredo

    Sampaguita Suites, Cebu City, Cebu

    OVP: Okay, interview po with Vice President. Unang question po is from Dale from CNN.

    CNN PHILIPPINES: In 2016, you won here in Cebu. [inaudible] considering na—

    VP LENI: Ako, iyong 2016 campaign is so much different than the one we’re having now. Pero sa akin kasi, it’s different in the sense na before it was much more conventional. Meaning to say, because we were the candidates, we were the ones in charged of organizing, printing materials, scheduling events, now it’s baliktad. Now it’s baliktad because even before we came over, a lot of many different initiatives were already being done by our supporters on the ground. So kahit iba siya in the sense na we’re not in the admin anymore, we don’t have the machinery, pero the passion of the volunteers more than make up for what we don’t have now.

    CNN PHILIPPINES: How important is the Cebu— [inaudible]

    VP LENI: Very, very important. Cebu is one of the biggest provinces. Siguro, were it not for the fact that Cebu gave me a huge majority in the 2016 elections, hindi siguro ako nanalo. So—but having said that, I’m not entitled to anything. I still have to work hard para makuha ko ulit the trust and the support given to me in 2016. And of course, with the entire ticket. Mr. Alex Lacson and Congressman Teddy Baguilat [are] with me now.

    OVP: Okay, next question. Andrea of MyTV.

    MYTV: Good afternoon po, Vice President. Ano po iyong masasabi niyo sa suporta na binibigay ng mga Cebuanos, at the same time, updates po and mga plans and projects niyo for Cebu in particular?

    VP LENI: Actually, sobrang overwhelming. Sobrang overwhelming nung support. From the time we got out of the plane this morning, hindi ko pa naranasan ito from before. Iyong reception na natanggap ko ngayon, sobrang layo from the one in 2016. So, grabeng—overwhelmed kami nang grabe.

    Iyong Cebu naman, hindi kami huminto. Ever since I started my term as Vice President, we have been doing a lot of many different projects here, not just in Cebu City but many other LGUs in Cebu Province—San Remigio, Tuburan, Tabuelan, Bago, San Francisco, Carcar, Consolacion, Naga, Dalaguete. So marami kaming ginagawa lalo na noong nag-pandemic. Kasi when the pandemic happened, we did Bayanihan Sugbuanon in Cebu. Nag-shuttle services kami for frontliners, dorms for frontliners. We had a ferry service from Mactan to Olango. We did locally-produced PPE sets with communities. Relief goods. Nag-download din kami ng pera sa ibang mga ospital dito for medical assistance. So tuloy-tuloy naman. And just today, nag-turn over kami ng mga sustainable livelihood and training funds for three communities—iyong Selma Crushers, iyong NiceJ. Mga sewing communities ito, at saka iyong Bantay Banay Volunteers. They are part of our sustainable livelihood training program.

    MYTV: May we know iyong amount na na-receive nila kanina po?

    VP LENI: On the average, P10,000 per person. Pero—although this has been a project of the Office of the Vice President since we started—pero when the pandemic happened, we expanded it kasi ang daming nawalan ng trabaho. Ang daming nawalan ng trabaho during the pandemic. So iba-iba iyong kanilang business activities. Mayroong mga mananahi, mayroong goat-raising, mayroong mga nagluluto, iba-iba. Iba-iba iyong programs. Pero ito kasi, hindi lang siya grant. Pero may training component siya. So kanina, iyon iyong formal turnover, although napadala na sa kanila iyong grant pero iyong training, tuloy-tuloy.

    OVP: Gerard dela Peña, TV5.

    TV5: Good afternoon, VP! Ma’am, may fino-float po iyong camp ng Lakas-CMD na may term-sharing—gusto nilang magkaroon ng term-sharing between BBM and Sara Duterte. What do you think of that?

    VP LENI: Ako, ayaw kong mag-comment kasi hindi naman ako kabahagi noon. Pero iyong term-sharing para sa president at saka vice president, hindi naman iyon puwede under the Constitution kasi binobotohan natin for six years. Binobotohan natin for six years iyong pangulo at saka pangalawang pangulo. Hindi naman ito subject ng any internal arrangements.

    ABS-CBN: Ma’am, if ever na tumakbo si Mayor Sara, sino ba sa tingin niyo iyong mas kalaban, Sara or Bongbong?

    VP LENI: Ako kasi laban lang namin iyong inaasikaso namin. Kami naman when we decided, kabahagi na siya ng expectations. Kabahagi na ng expectations pero I don’t think iyong galaw namin should be affected by external decisions. Sa amin, klaro sa amin iyong focus kaya hindi naman kami bothered.

    ABS-CBN: Thank you, Ma’am.

    OVP: Okay. Last question?

    REPORTER: Good afternoon, Vice President. You are in talks with local officials here…? [inaudible]

    VP LENI: Ako kasi mas mabuti siguro na local officials na lang ang tanungin. I am not at liberty to disclose kasi. Aware naman ako sa political climate at saka political situation. Ayaw ko rin na malagay sila sa alanganin because of me. Pero sa akin kasi, mahalaga sa akin iyong tao. Iyong nakikita namin ngayon na suporta ng tao, we have not seen this even in 2016.

    REPORTER: Ma’am, ilang days kayo rito sa Cebu, Ma’am?

    VP LENI: Until tomorrow kami.

    OVP: Okay.

    REPORTERS: Thank you very much, VP Leni!

    VP LENI: Salamat, salamat!

    [continuation]

    REPORTER: [recording starts]—Cebu Archbishop Palma?

    VP LENI: Okay naman. Lahat naman na pinupuntahan kong lugar, nagko-courtesy call ako sa Archbishop. Ano, it was a private visit. Every time naman, even in my past visits in Cebu, nabisita ko na rin siya. Parati naman siyang part of the itinerary whenever I go.

    OVP: Okay. Thank you very much!

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    Posted in Transcripts on Nov 12, 2021