Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) Chair Andrea N. Domingo on Tuesday urged foreign investors not to believe claims of Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo, who the former claimed "would do anything" to be President.
“Please do not believe Leni Robredo. She has maligned our country and our people and I feel very badly about this,” Domingo told investors, mostly foreigners, during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Gaming Summit in Pasay City.
This comes after a video of Robredo revealing alleged police abuses was released, which Malacañang claimed was a "coordinated" destabilization plot against the Duterte administration.
"I really view her as a female creature who wants to be President so bad and so fast she would do anything, go there under any manner or circumstance except go through the legal electoral process that President Duterte went through," Domingo said.
"Please, I'm sorry that I have to tell you this, but she maligned my country, she maligned my Filipino people, she maligned my policemen, she maligned my President in an international forum," she added.
On Monday, however, Robredo's spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said the vice president has no plan to replace Duterte.
Hernandez also reiterated that the video was based on accounts relayed to their office by representatives of urban poor communities affected by the drug war, or to Robredo herself when she makes her weekly visits to communities.
For his part, President Rodrigo R. Duterte over the weekend said Robredo is in a hurry to be President.
A week earlier, however, Duterte cleared Robredo of involvement in supposed destabilization plots against his administration.
"Hindi ko sabihin kasali Leni. I don't want to drag Leni," he said then.
To recall, Robredo resigned as Duterte's housing czar in December 2016 when she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings after Duterte accused her of attending protest actions meant to oust him.