Robredo: I do not want to oust the President

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Vice President Leni Robredo says she has dissenting opinions so that things can happen and change.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — The Vice President is setting the record straight: she does not want to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo dismissed claims of rushing Duterte's ouster as a member of the political opposition.

"Kasi Vice President ako, eh parating kinukulayan ng pulitika 'yung when I say things. Sasabihin ng iba na nagmamadali ka palitan 'yung Presidente," Robredo said.

[Translation: Because I'm Vice President, so when I say things it's always politicized. People would say I'm in a hurry to replace the President.]

Robredo is chairperson of opposition group Liberal Party. She has differences with Duterte on key issues, including human rights concerns in the war on drugs.

"And its unfortunate. When you voice out your dissent, it's because you want certain things happen and to change. It's not because you want to oust the President," she added.

The Vice President also pointed out the pattern in women leaders in government, who are subject to greater struggles and scrutiny.

"Sila 'yung mas vocal eh. Kaya 'yung mga kababaihan din 'yung nalalagay sa alanganin. Gaya niyan, sino ba 'yung mga vocal: si Senator Leila De Lima, Ombudsman (Conchita) Carpio Morales, si Chief Justice (Maria Lourdes) Sereno," she said.

[Translation: They're more vocal. That's why women are consistently toeing the line. Think about it, who's been vocal: Senator Leila De Lima, Ombudsman Carpio Morales, an Chief Justice Sereno.]

Duterte has berated De Lima, Morales and Sereno on a number of occasions. De Lima, a staunch critic of the President, was detained in February 2017 after her alleged involvement in the drug trade at the national penitentiary when she was Jusice Secretary.

The President also previously threatened to file impeachment cases versus Sereno and Morales for alleged corruption.

The Chief Justice is facing impeachment at the House of Representatives. The Ombudsman has been under fire for her office's involvement in the probe on the Duterte family's supposed undeclared wealth.