MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is no love lost between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a move that took both Duterte supporters and the Opposition Dilawan by surprise, the President appointed the VP the Administration’s Data Czar.
This is the third Cabinet position held by Robredo, after she had been appointed, and fired, as Housing Czar and Drug Czar.
Robredo’s appointment came after Malacañang Palace saw, and was very impressed, by the VP’s social media announcement that her office has launched a Covid Data Tracker to compete with the Department of Health’s own database on coronavirus in the Philippines.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and on again-of again Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go opposed the appointment but said “the will of Duterte be done, citing a verse from “The Lord’s Prayer.” (No, not House Speaker Lord.)