#LabanLeni trends as Robredo announces resignation as Housing Secretary

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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.


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.


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 some tagged Robredo's opposition to Duterte's relationship with the Marcos family as the reason she was being singled out.



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.




For them, Robredo did not resign, but was fired by the President for being an ineffective Cabinet official.


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.`