"Please do not believe Leni Robredo. She has maligned our country and our people and I feel very badly about this," she said.
"I really view her as a female creature who wants to be president so bad and so fast she would do anything to get there under any manner or circumstance except go through the legal electoral process that President Duterte went through."
Earlier today, in a press conference held in Bangkok, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo also expressed her aversion to the emphasis on EJK, which allegedly hurts the country's marketability.
"Yung mga statements na ganoon, nahihirapan kaming i-sell ang Philippines so I hope kung pwede—even if it's not only referred to [Vice President] Leni but also to the media—kung pwede, i-tone down natin yung reports on extrajudicial killings,” she said.
These statements come after Robredo released a video earlier this month addressing the United Nations commission on Narcotic Drugs during its 60th session.
She raised the issue of the Duterte's war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives. She said that drug abuse is a problem of our society that cannot be solved with violence alone.
Father Ranhilio Aquino, San Beda Graduate School of Law dean, told ABS-CBN News that he "did not find anything offensive" about the statements made by VP Robredo, whom he said was only exercising freedom of speech.
House Speaker and staunch Duterte ally Pantaleon Alvarez is mulling on filing an impeachment case against Robredo nonetheless. He said the video was a form of betrayal of public trust as it destroyed the country's reputation before the international community.
However, in a GMA 7 report, Manila Mayor and impeached ex-President Joseph Estrada cautioned against such a move, saying, "That will really delay the progress of our country...Whether against the president or vice president, hindi ako pabor. They're both in their first year in office. Why not give them a chance?"