Press Release
July 1, 2016

Lacson: Right post for VP Robredo can boost
Duterte admin's pro-people thrusts

An appropriate government post for Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo can boost the Duterte administration's efforts to fulfill its promise to the people, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Friday.

Lacson said this would be more practical than heeding reported suggestions to propose a bigger budget for the Office of the Vice President to help Robredo perform her duties.

"It would be better if she's given a post that can make use of her talent and motivation to help President Duterte's administration fulfill their promise to the people. I have no doubt that VP Leni's heart is in the right place in this regard," he said.

Earlier reports indicated Robredo is planning to pursue anti-poverty and pro-women advocacies as Vice President, even if she has not been given a Cabinet post.

Lacson said it may not be practical to propose an increase in the budget for the Office of the Vice President, as there are national government agencies tasked to assist those who Robredo wants to help.

These include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), he said.

"I don't think that (increasing the OVP's budget) is practical because there are national government agencies already in place like the DSWD, DOLE, etc., that are in charge of dispensing assistance to what seems to be the same thrust of VP Robredo," he said.

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