Mocha Uson: 'Call us, Vice President Leni'

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Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson will play the role of a journalist in the upcoming movie "Kaibigan." | File photo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Blogger Mocha Uson, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, said Thursday night that she'd like to hear from Vice President Leni Robredo.

"Where are you?" Uson told reporters at the red carpet of the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards. "Nung mga nakaraan, konting bagay, presscon. Pero ngayon, malaki sakuna yung nangyari sa inyong hometown at hindi man kayo ma-reach. Sa Twitter na lang po kayo tumutulong. Sana po magpa-phone patch naman kayo na marinig namin ang inyong boses."

[Translation: Where are you? In the past, you would hold a press conference over a small issue. But now, a disaster hit your hometown and you can't be reached. You're helping only through Twitter. I hope you could at least give a phone patch so that we could hear your voice.]

Uson was criticizing Robredo, a former Camarines Sur representative, for not being present during Typhoon Nina, which struck the Bicol region last week.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the typhoon affected over 950,000 people and left three dead — two in Quezon and one in the sunken MV Starlite Atlantic.

Read: 3 confirmed casualties due to 'Nina,' relief operations ongoing

The estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure was pegged at ₱681.2 million.

Robredo was on holiday with her family in the United States during the typhoon.

However, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) said Robredo was directing relief operations from the U.S. and ordered the distribution of 1,005 food packs in devastated barangays in Naga City.

Read: Duterte pledges up to P100M aid for typhoon-stricken farmers

"Robredo directed OVP's preparations even before the typhoon struck," OVP spokesperson Georgina Hernandez told CNN Philippines.

Robredo's travel to the U.S. was scheduled more than a year ago, Hernandez said, adding the Vice President will try to catch a flight back to the Philippines soon. But if not, she will be back in January and head straight to Bicol.

'Sana magkaisa tayo'

Uson also said Robredo should continue to support President Rodrigo Duterte despite her opposition to his views and policies.

"Sabi nga ni Pangulong Duterte, simbolo 'yan ng demokrasya," Uson said. "Lahat tayo may karapatan sa ating mga opinion. Pero pagdating sa pagtulong sa bayan, dapat nagkakaisa tayo maging proactive."

[Translation: Just as President Duterte said, that's a symbol of democracy. We are all entitled to our own opinion. But when it comes to serving the country, we should be all be united in being proactive.]

Robredo resigned as Housing Secretary after the President ordered her to stop attending Cabinet meetings.

Read: VP Leni Robredo resigns as Housing Secretary

The Vice President then said she would be more vocal in policies "detrimental to the Filipino people," such as the death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, extrajudicial killings, and the maltreatment of women.

Read: VP Leni Robredo promises louder opposition to death penalty, extrajudicial killings

Uson also said she believes the Vice President is part of a plot to oust Duterte.

"Katulad po ng interview ni Pangulong Duterte kanina, ang sabi it's the 'Yellow' who's behind the ouster plan," Uson said, referring to the Liberal Party that Robredo chairs.

[Translation: President Duterte in his interview earlier said it's the 'yellow' who's behind the ouster plan.]

Duterte told CNN Philippines in a one-on-one that he had a sour relationship with Robredo because of an alleged plot by the Liberal Party to remove him from office.

Read: Duterte ready to defend presidency, admits problem with Robredo

"Nandiyan kasi siya (sa rally) tapos bukas, magharap kami  [She attends rallies and then we see each other the next day]. Don't you think it's a very incongruous thing?" Duterte said. "You are part of the crowd that says you want me out."

Robredo and the Liberal Party have denied the plot.

Read: Robredo: Dissenting voice but eyes not on presidency

CNN Philippines Correspondent Isabella Montano contributed to this report.