Duterte and Leni’s selfie-worthy pic on National Heroes’ Day

It almost looked like Vice President Leni Robredo pulled President Rodrigo Duterte aside for a selfie during a lull in Monday morning’s (August 29) National Heroes’ Day celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City. Almost.

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At any rate, this photo taken by Malacañang’s media relations division shows another aspect of the apparent friendliness between country’s top two politikos. Eagle-eyed observers will also note that Robredo’s double Chelsea-collared dress perfectly matched the tone of Duterte’s Barong Tagalog. A coincidence, right?

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Things weren’t always this way for the two; there was apparent coldness from Duterte toward the former Camarines Sur lawmaker right after their respective election victories last May.

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That all changed after an icebreaker of a meeting on July 1 in Camp Aguinaldo and Robredo’s subsequent courtesy call in Malacañang. Robredo is now arguably the 71-year-old Chief Executive’s favorite lady politiko, and has been described by the latter as “beautiful” numerous times in public, even in front of fellow officials.

Robredo, 52, a widow, is a member of the Liberal Party (LP) while “Digong” belongs to PDP-Laban.


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