VP scores Pulong Duterte for spreading fake news

Published December 10, 2018, 7:59 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called out former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte for allegedly spreading “fake news” on her alleged involvement in the ouster plot against his father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

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

Robredo, former housing chief, said it was “irresponsible” for Duterte’s eldest son to post online the list of people that includes her and organizations behind the ouster plot.

“Napakairesponsable na magpost ng isang bagay na, una, wala namang basehan. Pangalawa, hindi ko alam kung alam niya kung saan iyon nanggaling,” she said on her Sunday radio program. (It was very irresponsible to post something, first, without basis. Second, I don’t know if he knows where it came from.)

“Obviously, ‘yung gumawa nun hindi nag-aksaya ng panahon para magreasearch. Sana nalaman niya na hindi naman ako pumupunta sa mga lugar na iyon. At yung mga nakalista hindi ko naman mga kakilala,” Robredo continued. (Obviously, the person who made the list did not even do some research. I hope he knows that I don’t go to those places. And I don’t know the people on the list.)

The Vice President reacted to the Facebook post of the younger Duterte that she was part of the so-called Anti-Administration Group’s “Oust Duterte Movement.”

Duterte bared a matrix that linked opposition Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Marvic Leonen, seven Catholic bishops, and former Cabinet officials of the previous Aquino administration, among others, to the ouster plot.

Also included in the list are companies such as Dole Philippines, Philsaga Mining Corp., General Tuna Corp., Jollibee Food Corp., Sumi Philipines Wiring System, and PLDT.

The matrix named some Quezon City restaurants and hotels, where they allegedly met.

Calling it “fake news,” Robredo laughed off Duterte’s allegation against her.

“Ang kilala ko lang dun si Jollibee (I only know Jollibee),” she said in jest.

“Baka ang sadya niya din patawanin tayo. Dahil Christmas, pasayahin tayong lahat (Maybe his intention was to make us laugh. Because it’s Christmas, he wants to make us happy,” Robredo added.

Robredo, however, said it was the duty of a former and returning public official like Duterte to tell the truth.

“Kahit nakakatawa para sa atin, nakalungkot pa din dahil ‘yung mga public officials mas mataas ‘yung responsibilidad magpahayag ng katotohanan,” she said. (Even though it’s laughable for us, it’s saddening because public officials have a greater responsibility to tell the truth.)