Duterte shows Robredo he's a gentleman, netizens react positively

President Rodrigo Duterte met Vice President Leni Robredo for the first time at the Armed Forces Change of Command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on July 1.

The meeting was described by VP Robredo as "very cordial". The two highest officials of the land were seen laughing together and having a lively interchange.

(Image Credit: @lenirobredo)

Duterte appeared to be pleased with the meeting. At one point , the President even offered Robredo the coconut juice drink he was about to sip from, showing her just how much of a gentleman he is.

During his speech, Duterte said, "Vice President Leni Robredo... this is my first time to meet you personally."

That simple statement was met by a round of appreciative applause from the event attendees.

Robredo was all smiles when Duterte greeted her thus.

With his usual brand of humor, Duterte went on with his speech and added, "I would have preferred to be seated beside you,  but andyan si Defense e". (but the Defense is there)

Outgoing acting AFP Chief Glorioso Miranda was seated between Robredo and Duterte during the ceremony. But the seating arrangement did not prevent the two from having a conversation.

Asked how she felt about her first meeting with Duterte, VP Robredo told the press, "Ok naman. Very cordial. Sinabi ko sa kanya kung pwede akong magpa set ng courtesy visit as soon as possible. Sabi nya, anytime. So magpapa set ako." (It's okay. Very cordial. I told him if it's possible to set up a courtesy visit as soon as possible. He said, "anytime". So , i will have to set up one.)

Judging from the crowd reaction during the event and the comments and posts by netizens on social media, the first Duterte-Robredo meeting was met with enthusiasm.

A lot of netizens were thankful and said their unity is for the good of the country.

Here are some noteworthy tweets about the Duterte-Robredo meeting:

Finally. Sa totoo lang they could be the best tandem kung hindi lang hahaluan ng pulitika.
- balintatao @balintatao
@lenirobredo @RRD_Davao Sana po ay magkaisa kayo para po sa ating bansa Ipakita natin  sa lahat ng Pilipino na tayo ay nagkakaisa
- Melissa Ocampo ‏@chacha0911 
@lenirobredo Yaaaasss! Let's all heal, unite and move forward for the betterment of our country
- Maricel L. Portrias @MecilP
Team DIGNITY (DIGong-leNI-uniTY).Mukhang maluluma na ang ALDUB neto.
-Jeff Bautista @jeobaw
@lenirobredo when #PresidentDuterte took his oath I was jubilant, & this time may tumusok po sa puso ko. @RRD_Davao & #VPLeni, God bless po!
- i elman blog ‏@i_elman
@lenirobredo Sana lagi ganito nakikita ko ung magkaisa na tayo hindi pra sa sarili kundi para sa bansa..Mam VP..ganda nyo po araw2
- Ric Cir ‏@CustodioRowell 
@lenirobredo finally! ang cute! but I feel happy to see you together...what a mighty force
- Inday's Indulgence ‏@coconut_block 
@lenirobredo sana tuloy tuloy na yan sana magkasundo na kayo.
- rhys Inocellas ‏@jayriz56

Duterte and Robredo got off to a rocky start when the former said he could not give Robredo a cabinet position because it would offend his friend, Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

For her part, Robredo said she respects his decision. In her speeches, Robredo indicated that the lack of a cabinet position will not hinder her from fulfilling her campaign promises which focus on helping those who are at the fringes of society.

After their first meeting, Filipinos are hopeful that Duterte and Robredo will put country above personal friendship or party affiliation.

In their separate inaugurations, both Duterte and Robredo spoke of unity in their speeches .

We do hope they walk the talk, so to speak. Having the same end goal of uplifting the life of Filipinos, most especially the poor, it would not be hard to join forces ASAP.
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