By Raymund Antonio
Mothers know best.
Vice President Leni Robredo had this to say in reaction to Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte’s decision to heed her mother’s advice, and end her feud with political opponents.
But having said that, Robredo said she was still standing by her position to be critical of the administration’s bad policies while vowing not to engage in an exchange of insults.
“Basta ako, iyong policy ko, kapag hindi maganda iyong usapan—gustong sabihin, may halong pag-iinsulto, may halong masamang mga sinasabi—out ako diyan,” she said.
(My policy, if it is not a good conversation–which means it has insults and foul words –I’m out.)
“Pupuna ako kapag may kailangang punahin, pero in a manner na walang ganiyanan—walang insultuhan, diretso sa puna,” Robredo added.
(I will comment if there is something to criticize in a manner that there are no insults, straight to criticism.)
The Vice President was asked to comment about Duterte’s tirade against her in Hong Kong, where she held a special event for her Istorya ng Pag-asa project and attended the Otso Diretso’s campaign rally.
The word war between Duterte and Robredo have heated up in the past days as the two women have been arguing over the honesty issue during elections.
Duterte claimed Robredo was a “fake VP” on allegations that there was massive fraud in the 2016 elections in response to her comment that lying was an “insult to the electorate.”
The feisty city mayor, chairperson of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party, also chided Robredo for her affair with a married man and “fake courage.”
Robredo, the leader of the opposition, shrugged off the presidential daughter’s remarks, noting that the focus should be on the candidates in the upcoming elections.
Robredo also pointed out that these rumors should not be used to “deflect” from the issues of the midterm polls, including the administration candidates’ refusal to engage in debates.
“Ayaw sana natin na malihis sa tamang mga issues na dapat pagdebatehan, kasi aagawin pa namin iyong atensyon galing sa mga kandidato. Hindi naman kami kandidato,” she said.
(We don’t want a diversion from the right issues that should be debated, because we will steal the attention from the candidates. We are not the candidates.)
“Dapat nakatuon iyon pansin ng mga tao, sa mga kandidato. Sila iyong dapat nagde-debate, hindi kami,” Robredo stressed.
(The public’s attention should be on the candidates. They are the ones who should be debating, not the two of us.)
The Vice President debunked claims that she has not addressed every rumor being spread against her.
“Hindi totoong hindi ko iyon sinagot (It’s not true I didn’t answer that),” Robredo said.
“Nandiyan iyong pruweba, tingnan niyo kung kailan ko sinagot—at matagal na iyon. Madaling hanapin, kasi nasa Facebook iyon,” she added.
(The proof is there, check when I answered them, and that was a long time ago. The answers are easy to find, because those are on Facebook.)