MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Inquirer USA has all but designated Leni Robredo as Acting President of the Philippines, thanks to an opinion piece penned by Ben “Boying” Pimentel.
The Adobo Chronicles can now confirm that indeed, the Vice President is acting like President.
Without the Constitutional mandate nor the portfolio of government functions, Robredo has been meeting with foreign ambassadors, launching relief operations, setting up her own mobile Covid-19 testing, issuing public statements on every issue of national concern, and acting like a poor copycat of News Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern or Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, or even Queen Elizabeth of England.
Many believe she’s trying hard to act “presidential” in preparation for a possible run in the 2022 national elections to succeed Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Others, however, believe that her public actions and statements are a better fit for the governorship of her home province of Camarines Sur, or Barangay captain in her native Naga City.
Regardless, whatever happened to Robredo’s own statement after she won the VP elections: “the only powers of the Vice President is to wait for something to happen to the President?”