VP to Duterte: Mind economy instead of insulting God, me Jul 12, 2018 0 39 12345 Agencies/InquirerMANILAPHILIPPINE Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday shot back at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that she could not lead the Philippines because she is incompetent, saying the chief executive should pay attention to the economy first.This is one of the few instances in which Robredo directly engaged the president in an exchange of words, and this comes a day after the vice president said she was ready to unite and lead the political opposition.Discussing the possibility of truncating his term if the country shifts to a federal form of government, Duterte said that he would not step down from power just to make Robredo the president.He claimed that Robredo is"incompetent"and did not have the ability to lead the nation."I will not resign because it will make her president. My resignation is addressed to the people for them to choose whom they want. I don't think she will ever be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence. She's not capable of running a country like this Philippines,"Duterte claimed in a press conference with reporters in Pampanga on Tuesday.Duterte himself promised to resign should he fail to eradicate illegal drugs in the country in three to six months only to renege on this after assuming the presidency.In response, Robredo advised the president to mind the problems hounding the economy instead of issuing tirades against her or God."I did not want to dignify this but perhaps what I can say is instead of insulting me or God, the problems of the economy should be attended to first,"the vice president said in Filipino.Last month, the Philippines recorded an inflation rate of 5.2 percent from May's 4.6 percent, the highest in five years. This pushed the year-to-date inflation to 4.3 percent.The peso also continues to be weak against the dollar, but Duterte's economic managers said that this was not a cause for concern. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thai cave boys were sedated before dramatic rescue Jul 12, 2018 0 68 Suspected cattle thieves 'kill 26' in NW Nigeria raid Jul 12, 2018 0 44 Japan PM meets evacuees in flood disaster zone; toll hits 179 Jul 12, 2018 0 451 Financier linked to 1MDB scandal 'flees to China' AFP HONG KONG A FINANCIER at the centre of a massive financial scandal that helped topple Malaysia's corruption-plagued former regime is likely to have fled to China, the South China Morning Post reported on .. 'Clear evidence of need' in N Korea: UN aid chief SEOUL The United Nations'humanitarian chief said on Wednesday he had seen"clear evidence"of need in North Korea -- where one fifth of children are malnourished -- during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the .. Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients: media TOKYO A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media said. The suspect reportedly said she wanted to control .. Ashes of Japan cult guru to be scattered at sea TOKYO The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese doomsday cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating a pilgrimage site for his followers, media reported on .. UN to take up South Sudan arms ban AFP NEW YORK THE UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on imposing an arms embargo against South Sudan, a US proposal which follows a power-sharing agreement between warring leaders. The United States is South .. Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens TAIPEI Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan on Wednesday as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds. Officials had warned of floods and landslides, evacuating .. Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning AFP HARARE THOUSANDS of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote. The .. Seoul bars Korean Air dynasty's academic flight AFP SEOUL KOREAN Air's chairman was disqualified from heading an academic foundation by the government on Wednesday and his son stripped of his degree in the latest woes to assail the dynasty. Cho Yang-ho's wife .. Zimbabwe launches space agency HARARE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a"milestone"as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month. Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency ..