Robredo to Duterte: 'Malayo siya doon sa dati kong nakikita, very respectful and humble'
On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte an Vice President Leni Robredo met once again in a closed- door meeting. After Robredo request a 'courtesy call' in Malacanang around 3 p.m.
According to her interview, Robredo said Duterte is entirely not the same as what she seen on television. She said the President was very respectful, humble and gentleman.
"Malayo siya doon sa dati kong nakikita sa TV at sa preconceived idea ko of him. 'Yung sound and fury, nagmumura, madaling magalit, pinagagalitan kung sinong nakaka-get his ire. Ibang iba," Robredo said.
"He was very respectful, malumanay magsalita.... Nahihiya pa nga ako kasi mina-'ma'am' niya ako," she added.
Duterte and Robredo first meet up was on Friday, during the AFP turnover ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo.
According to Robredo, she visited Duterte to extend her support for the administration.
"Natutuwa tayo na nagkaroon tayo ng pagkakataong makausap ang ating Pangulo. Sinabi natin sa Pangulo na buong buo ang suporta natin sa kaniya dahil ang kaniyang tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating bansa." Robredo said.
Robredo added that he invited her to go often to the Palace. She said Duterte told her to keep in touch and they should work together as one.
Robredo never mind if she have her post or not, as long as she'll do her duty as a Vice President and as a supporter of President Duterte.
Shortly after elections the two have not a chance to get along and rumored that Robredo will not included in his cabinet.
"Wala pa namang formal offer, pero I told him nga na wala naman ako doon to ask for work. Nandoon ako para i-assure siya ng aking suporta. With or without a Cabinet post, makakaasa siya do'n," Robredo said.
"Sabi niya, 'Patuloy tayo mag-usap. Magtulungan tayo. Nagpapasalamat siya sa suporta.'"Duterte replied.
Robredo also shared what happened after the meeting. She said Duterte accompanied her to the lobby while waiting for her car.
"I was telling him, 'Mr. President, 'wag mo na po ako ihatid.' Sabi niya, 'That will be very ungentlemanly of me if I don't bring you down kasi babae ka," Robredo said. "We had to wait for it (the car) to enter the gates again and he waited the entire time." she said.
"Kasi 'yung thank you ko yata nag-bow ako. Sabi niya 'wag. I said, 'But you're my boss, Sir.' He said, 'Don't take it very seriously.' ... Napaka-humble."she added.
Robredo described her closed-door courtesy call on the President as “cordial.’’