VP Leni slams scathing Rody remark on Naga

Published August 18, 2018, 8:36 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo said on Saturday said that President Duterte’s remark that Naga City, her hometown, was once a ‘hotbed of shabu’ was too insulting to its local leaders and their people.

Vice President Leni Robredo delivered the keynote speech at the launch of Marites Vitug's "Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China," held at the Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday, July 24, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni lauded Vitug for undertaking a journalistic account of the Philippine government's fight and eventual victory before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and joined anew the call of other senior officials for the administration to take advantage of this ruling. (Photo by OVP)
Vice President Leni Robredo

“Sa akin kasi, insultong napakalaki noon sa lahat na mga taga-Naga. Alam natin na iyong effort na ginagawa, hindi lang ng city government, pero ng lahat na Nagueño, para maging maayos iyong ating pangalan (For me, that’s a big insult tom the people of Naga. We know the efforts being done not only by the city government, but all Nagueños to clean our name), she stressed.

The Vice President explained that Duterte’s claim was a “slap to the face” to those who were working hard to raise the city’s flag and keep its name clean.

Robredo, who served briefly as housing chief in the Duterte administration, went to Naga City to mark her husband Jesse’s sixth death anniversary.

Joined by her two daughters Aika and Jillian, she first visited Jesse’s tomb at the Eternal Gardens.

She also heard mass and led the launch of the Jesse Robredo: His Story, her husband’s biography.

The Naga City Council has already passed a resolution condemning Duterte’s scathing remark.

Speaking to reporters, Robredo then vehemently denied his claim given the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) report in Southern Luzon that Metro Manila’s problem with illegal drugs is worse than Naga City’s.

“We will not take this sitting down because first of all, this is not true. If it’s true, we will even bow down to apologize. But because it not true, we will really complain,” she said in Filipino.

“Let us look at all the records if we are at least in the top 10 worse cities when it comes to illegal drugs. We are not there. For me, there is no basis to say that. We have to ask him what is his basis,” Robredo added.