Vice President Leni Robredo remains hopeful that the Philippines will have a chance to mend its strained ties with the United States after President Rodrigo Duterte’s scathing remark caused US President Barack Obama to cancel their meeting in Laos.
Facing reporters at the sidelines of the Office of the Vice President’s budget hearing on Wednesday (Sept. 7), Robredo expressed regret at the cancellation of what would have been Duterte’s first meeting with Duterte.
“Siyempre nakakahinayang pero iyong sa atin naman I think mahahanapan iyon ng paraan. Hindi meeting pero to repair whatever damage there is sa ating relations,” she said.
Obama called off the meeting with Duterte at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Laos a few hours after the Philippine President launched a profanity-laced tirade where he asserted that his American counterpart has no right to lecture him on human rights.
He said he is not answerable to anyone except the people of the Philippines.
Duterte has since expressed regret at his remarks.
Asked if the President should learn how to speak with caution, Robredo said: “Sa tingin ko lahat tayo. Hindi lang ang pangulo, pati ako at lahat ng government officials kasi what we say hindi ito personal.”
“Kaming lahat kailangang maging maingat,” she added.