- MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turns 72 on March 28, and VP Leni Robredo says she has the perfect gift for the chief executive: tsinelas (flip flops).
Office of the Vice President (OVP) spokesperson Georgina Hernandez told The Adobo Chronicles that she personally gift-wrapped Robredo’s birthday present for Duterte.
Hernandez said no gift can be more appropriate for someone who flip flops on various issues, citing the president’s 180-degree turn on the Philippines’ South China Sea policy, alliance with the United States, same-sex marriage, and even his accusations about Robredo.
Duterte recently accused the Vice President of being “in a hurry to claim the presidency,” just one week after he cleared her of involvement in destabilization plots against his administration.
Reacting to the high-profile birthday gift, Malacañang Press Secretary Martin Andanar sent a Twitter message to Hernandez, saying: “The President appreciates the generosity and thoughtfulness of Mrs. Robredo, but he respectfully declines the gift because he does not wear flip flops. He’d prefer boat shoes with no socks.”
No flip flopping on this one.