By Raymund Antonio
Baguio City – Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ G. Robredo confirmed that she was not invited at the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory (LEDAC) meeting, but she said her office would still submit a position paper on what was discussed there.
“We do the best we can despite the road blocks. Even if we were not asked to attend, we would submit a position paper,” she told reporters at the sidelines of the distribution of free wheelchairs and other assistive devices here.
The LEDAC serves as a consultative and advisory body of the President on key programs and policies essential to the realization of the goals of the national economy.
It likewise serves as a venue to facilitate high level discussions on issues and concerns pertaining to national development.
The Vice President said her office had been contacting Malacañang days leading to the LEDAC meeting, but she was informed that she was not invited.
”We were asking the (Malacañang) secretariat where is the invitation. What is the agenda? But we got a reply that there is no clearance to invite me,” Robredo stressed.
The Vice President is a member of the LEDAC.
Robredo was invited to the first LEDAC meeting last January 30.
The 52-year-old Robredo insisted that she has the “legal mandate to participate in the proceedings” of LEDAC.
Robredo previously headed the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) but resigned in December last year after she was left out of Cabinet meetings.
Since then, the Vice President has focused instead on her Angat Buhay anti- poverty program.
The country’s top two leaders appeared in public together last Monday at the celebration of National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
But Robredo said she and the President did not discuss about the LEDAC meeting.
“I don’t know if that is in the level of the President because it is the secretariat that handles the LEDAC,” the former housing chief said.
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