Updated 11:52 AM PHT Mon, December 5, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Netizens are pouring out support for Vice President Leni Robredo after she announced her resignation from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet on Sunday.
Just minutes after the Vice President announced she would leave her post as Housing Secretary, the hashtag #LabanLeni was the top trending topic in the Philippines, with netizens expressing their support for Robredo.
Twitter was flooded with people telling Robredo they would stand by her, even as she expressed frustration on how she was prevented from doing her job.
For many, their message was clear: Leni is their Vice President.
You could dethrone VP Leni Robredo from the cabinet post but you can never erase in our minds that she's our best VP. #LabanLeni— Mr. Lasheras (@jknnthbereached) December 4, 2016
Others criticized the callous way the Vice President received a text message with orders from the President for her to desist from attending Cabinet meetings.
to everyone saying "buti nga" regarding how they treated Leni, i hope your future employers fire you via text message. #LabanLeni— Bene (@besanti) December 4, 2016
Si Du30 'yong boyfriend mong duwag kasi nakipagbreak sa text at di kayang makipag-usap nang harapan. #LabanLeni— Dondy Gamboa (@iampotatosack) December 4, 2016
Some netizens took Robredo's resignation as an opportunity to criticize President Duterte, who they called a bully for preventing Robredo from performing her duties.
While everyone lambasted the VP for being allegedly ineffective, now we know WHO orchestrated that ineffectiveness. #LabanLeni— Alfonso Manalastas (@alfonsaurus_rex) December 4, 2016
Day by day I'm getting disappointed. I don't know what happened to the man I voted last election.— Marie (@marieebiskwit) December 4, 2016
While some tagged Robredo's opposition to Duterte's relationship with the Marcos family as the reason she was being singled out.
Di pa ba halata? Obviously Du30's henchmen are plotting a Marcos comeback. Wag tanga. VP Leni needs us now more than ever. #LabanLeni— Raiel Alvaro (@raielalvaro) December 4, 2016
Sobrang garapal naman ng Duterte-Marcos tandem, feel na feel magsunggab ng kapangyarihan #LabanLeni— Kristofer Carpio (@krstfrbrn) December 4, 2016
But not everyone was incensed by Robredo's resignation.
Some were pleased that the Vice President had resigned, claiming she had done little in her post.
Nag-world tour.— Real Thoughts (@bcryptb) December 4, 2016
Tularan natin ang MAHINA at INUTIL na VP
Yan si Leni!#LabanLeni
someone tweeted.."ano ba ginawa ni Leni Robredo sa inyo blabla".. un na nga bes..wala pa syang nagagawa as VP.. hahaha :/ #kamotulo— Maria Raza (@chubby_cheeksme) December 4, 2016
For them, Robredo did not resign, but was fired by the President for being an ineffective Cabinet official.
Leni was fired -told not to attend cabinet meetings anymore,but the yellow press tries to portray her as resigning over principles, not true— Maxell (@maxell_lander) December 4, 2016
Robredo announced her resignation as Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council on Sunday. She said obstacles were thrown her way in the performance of her duties as HUDCC head. Among them, she said, were the budget reduction for all key shelter agencies in 2017 by more than P19 billion and failure to act on appointment recommendation for key shelter agency posts and to sign the executive order to make HUDCC effective.
Robredo said her resignation was prompted by a text message relaying the President's instructions for her to desist from attending Cabinet meetings.
Robredo called this text "the last straw" in a series of efforts to derail her from performing her job.
However, she said she would continue her duties as Vice President and would support the administration's positive initiatives while opposing those that harm the interest of the Filipino people.`