Vice President-in-waiting ‘Inday’ Sara Duterte-Carpio (left) and outgoing Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo (right). (Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore/UNTV)
Public service should be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a total dedication to the people and the nation.
— Former U.S. Senate Member Margaret Chase Smith
I just found out last Wednesday that a very dear friend and colleague passed away.
I met Alfredo Lobo, or Boss Fred, when he frequented the then prestigious National Press Club on Magallanes Street in Intramuros, Manila. He later became president of the Club and our occasions for breaking bread and drinking became even more frequent.
I would never forget Boss Fred’s friendly personality and charming smile that baffled most of us. He acted simple and he really was as simple as he seems. I can’t recall a single time when I disdained his company as he always made the occasion bright and fun due to his learned words and jokes which brought much laughter from the media men as we cajoled and frolicked after a working day in the office.
And he would remember our visits to the nightspots of Pasay City. He loved being with his friends, and I’m happy to be counted as one among them.
Truly, with respect and with sadness. . . I say goodbye to my friend, our friend, Chief Fred!
ISIS public service is so affected by politics that outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo has to express her hope that her successor, former Davao City Mayor and now Vice President-elect ‘Inday’ Sara Duterte-Carpio, continue with the projects that her office had started while she was in the office?
We would assume that the graduating vice president is referring to projects that are beneficial to the people and are considered a genuine service to the public. And if so, why would the incoming vice president put a stop to this?
In his weekly radio program, Robredo assured that his office is already holding transition meetings with the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte. She said, she waits. . . those (projects) that she had started would continue.
She revealed that the initial transition meetings with the Duterte-Carpio camp had gone well and that the incoming team was (very) responsive. She then went on to explain that past OVPs (Office of the Vice President) have had medical assistance programs, so she believes that the medical efforts that she started in her office should continue in her successor.
Robredo also expressed concern about the questionable non-institutional programs that she started even though they were not actually part of the OVP. As an example of this, she mentioned the Angat Buhay program, which was implemented during the pandemic but unfortunately falls outside the scope of the OVP’s role.
So now we wonder why Robredo would doubt the new vice president’s vision of true public service.
If the projects she had started are truly people-centric and centered, we are sure Vice President Duterte-Carpio would have no reason to discontinue or veto them, as Duterte’s eldest daughter had pledged to serve the people, even when he had no government post and was merely a descendant of the then mayor of Davao City.
Public service has always been in the blood of Duterte’s children. To prove it, Inday Sara had managed Davao City quite well, as had her father, and also her brother Sebastian, who is following in the footsteps of her Ate.
Robredo has no reason to doubt that her successor will discontinue the programs and projects that she had started, as long as they are good for the Filipino people. The only thing he has to fear is that Inday Sara will do better than her.
And if the former mayor of Davao City pulls this off, then Leni’s name should be forgotten and instead what would be left would be the efforts that would bring the miserable lives of millions of Filipinos to a better future.
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