Vice President Leni Robredo takes oath of office, vows to help Duterte

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  • Vice President Leni Robredo said her priority is helping the marginalized Filipinos in the country by focusing her efforts and resources on uplifting people in the grassroots.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Leni Robredo took oath of office as the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday promising to devote her energies to uplift the lives of poor Filipinos.

Wearing her old Filipiniana dress remodeled into a modern design by fashion designer Paul Cabral, Robredo took her oath in simple inaugural rites at the Quezon City Reception House, where she will hold office.

Ang sandaling ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa akin. Ito ang ating pagkakataong masama ang mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan tungo sa maginhawang buhay sa mas malawak na paraan,” Robredo said in her inaugural speech.

[Translation: This moment is not just about me. This is our opportunity to bring those on the fringes of society to a prosperous life through a more encompassing way.]

Robredo, 52, was sworn in by barangay chairman Ronaldo Coner of Punta Tarawal in Camarines Sur, the poorest barangay of the third district of her province, and barangay chairman Regina Celeste San Miguel of Mariana in Quezon City, where the new Office of the Vice President is located.

Her allies from the Liberal Party (LP), including party standard bearer Mar Roxas, who lost the presidencial race, attended the inaugural rites to show support and to celebrate Robredo’s victory.

Her other supporters like Senator-elect Riza Hontiveros, outgoing President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s sister Kris Aquino, and other celebrities like Dingdong Dantes with his wife Marian Rivera-Dantes, and actor Enchong Dee also attended.

Robredo’s priorities: Grassroots, marginalized

 

Robredo said her priority as Vice President is helping the marginalized Filipinos in the country by focusing her efforts and resources on uplifting people in the grassroots.

She admitted that despite anti-poverty efforts of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Niyayakap natin ang responsibilidad na ito, na may buong pagpapakumbaba, pasasalamat, at pagsusumikap,” Robredo said. “Marami nang naumpisahan pero marami pa ring kailangang punan.”

[Translation: We embrace this responsibility with deep humility, gratitude and commitment. Many things have been started, but a lot has to be accomplished.]

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Robredo also promised to work with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ang mga pangarap ng ating Pangulo at ating mga plano para sa bansa ay nagkakatugma patungo sa iisang hangarin: ang mabigyan ng tunay na kaunlaran ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga napag-iiwanan,” Robredo said in her speech.

[Translation: The aspirations of our President and our own plans for the nation converge toward the same goal: bringing genuine prosperity to our people, especially those who have been left behind.]

Robredo urged Filipinos to build partnerships between the government and private sector to help achieve real change for the nation.

Sana samahan din ninyo ulit ako sa aking bagong paglalakbay,” Robredo said. “Sa panahon ng matinding hidwaan, ang pagkakaisa ng bansa ang tanging pag-asa. Iba iba man ang ating pinanggagalingan, iisa ang ating hangarin: na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino ay mamuhay ng may dangal.”

[Translation: I hope that you again join me in my new journey. … During times of intense conflict, our only hope is the unity of the nation. Though we may have different needs, we have only one desire: that each Filipino family will live in dignity.]

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