MANILA, May 31 (Mabuhay) – Vice President-elect Leni Robredo is eyeing a transition meeting with outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay a month before she formally assumes office, her spokesperson said Tuesday.
“There has been no plans, but I know she would like to have transition meeting with the VP. I believe there will be no problem to have that meeting but it is not yet discussed,” Robredo’s spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez, said in a television interview.
Binay ran and lost in the May presidential elections.
Robredo, incumbent congresswoman of Camarines Sur, was officially proclaimed as the winning vice-presidential candidate by the National Board of Canvassers Monday afternoon. She is to formally assume her post on June 30.
Robredo earlier shunned the idea of holding office at the Coconut Palace, which she said costs the government almost half a million a month for rent.
Hernandez said spending P500,000 for rent is “not practical.”
“She saw the cost of having to rent the Coconut Palace and it is about half a million, she says it is too much, she prefers to have satellite offices in provinces. She is pushing for rural development so she said renting that place is not practical,” Hernandez said.
“Currently she is studying different options, we are looking for the past offices of vice presidents as options,” she added.
Meanwhile, Robredo is also preparing to pay a courtesy call to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
“We had to wait so right now we would like to explore possibilities to meet with Duterte, to pay a courtesy call and VP Leni want to inform Duterte that he has her support,” Hernandez said.
Duterte, who skipped his proclamation, has been meeting personalities in Davao City since he was presumed winner of the presidential election.(MNS)