Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Vice President Leni Robredo is the first VP in the Philippine history not to be invited in traditional Malacañang Christmas Party on December 23.
The yearly palace Christmas party is a 100-year old tradition attended exclusively by the President, Vice president, and all of the palace employees.
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Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered not to invite Robredo after 80% of Palace’s employees preferred not to invite her.
“Si president kasi kung ano ang kusto ng karamihan, yon ang sinusunod niya. This is not a decision by just himself or by just someone else. Pinagbobotohan poi to ng mga senior Palace official’s dahil sila ang host”, Roque told reporters on Thursday.
Since the Senators have their own Christmas party with the President, Roque added that none of the senators were also invited as the party is exclusive onto to Palace employees with their families.
Among the Cabinet members, only Roque, Andanar, PNP, AFP, and DND chiefs and secretaries are also invited.
Roque said that the Palace employees are still angry with the VP over her UN video, which caused outraged worldwide.
The Party will be held on Saturday inside the Malacañang palace and will only be attended by selected media people.
No comment from Robredo’s office at the time of this writing.
This is the second time that Duterte ignored Robredo, following an Asean summit snub. /Joy Valle/