Vice President Leni Robredo said that she has the right to criticize the government and suggest solutions if necessary as they form part of “nation-building.”
In an interview with GMA’s ‘Quarantined’ by Howie Severino on September 15, she responded to critics asking if she is allowed to voice out public policy matters.
“Palagay ko kahit hindi ako VP, may karapatan ako. Kahit hindi ako VP, kahit ordinaryong mamamayan lang ako, may karapatan akong ipahayag iyong aking mga mungkahi. May karapatan akong mag-criticize if I need to criticize,” she told Severino.
“May karapatan akong mag-criticize if I need to criticize kasi ‘yun ‘yung demands ng pagiging Pilipino ko. Ang demand sa akin as a Filipino ay maging bahagi…ako sa nation-building,” Robredo added.
The Vice President since July has been delivering online speeches stating her recommendations to Malacanang on how to address the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte, however, asked her not to “add fuel to the fire” because it will “destroy the government.”