By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday added her voice to the mounting criticisms against Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar over the lewd jingle-and-dance video on federalism.
Robredo, a former housing chief, said Uson and Olivar put President Duterte in bad light for the federalism jingle and dance shown in the video that circulated online.
“Iyong mga taong ganito, ano ito e, hindi sila nakakatulong kay Pangulong Duterte. Kung iyong sadya nila ay iyong makatulong, lalo silang hindi nakakatulong (People like them are not helping President Duterte. If their intention was really to help him, they were not),” she said in a media interview in Tinambac, Camarines Sur.
“Binibigyan nila ng masamang impression iyong Pangulo kasi sila iyong mga supporters. Dapat sana sila iyong nagdadala ng kagandahang-loob (They give bad impression to the President because they are his supporters. I hope they should be the ones who show kindness),” Robredo added.
The shift to a federal system of government is among Duterte’s key campaign promises.
The Vice President was up in arms about the video, which she claimed did not only cast negative light on Duterte, also disrespected all Filipinos.
“So the question is this the disrespectful attitude we are promoting as Filipinos? If we have to intervene to stop this, we will do it,” Robredo told reporters in Filipino.
Robredo was asked to react on the controversial “Pepedederalismo” jingle to promote federalism while she was in Camarines Sur for her flagship Angat Buhay program.
Both Oliver and Uson drew flak and outraged the public, including the senators and Duterte’s close allies, over the lewd song and dance number that went viral online.
The Vice President is considering filing a criminal case against Olivar for his separate video cursing her and claiming that she slept around when she was in South Africa last year.
“Nangako tayo na papag-aralan natin sa mga abogado kasi apektado hindi na lang ako, pero apektado iyong maraming Pilipino na nalalaswaan sa ginagawa (I promised that I will ask our lawyers to study it because I’m not the only one affected here, but many Filipinos who were disgusted for what he did) ,” she said.