By Raymund Antonio
An online post showing Vice President Leni Robredo’s photo and her quote about water in connection with the issue against the country’s two biggest water concessionaires was fake, her office said.
Robredo, a lawyer, shared a screengrab of the Facebook post and reminded the public to be discerning when it comes to social media posts that spread false information.
“Walang katotohanan ang kumakalat na post sa social media patungkol sa sinabi diumano ni VP Leni na may kinalaman sa mga ‘oligarchs’ at tubig,” her office said in Robredo’s official Facebook page.
(There is no truth to the circulating post in social media about the supposed statement of VP Leni on oligarchs and water.)
The Office of the Vice President then advised the public to rely on Robredo’s Facebook account for her official statement.
Robredo has been calling out social media posts by trolls containing false information about her to debunk and correct them.
The online post contained an image of Robredo and a quote attributed to her: “Hindi ang mga greedy oligarchs at pulitikong korap ang kalaban. Ang kalaban natin ay tubig.”
(The greedy oligarchs and politicians are not the enemy. Our enemy is water.)
According to Fact Check Philippines, the fake post had been shared 26 times and garnered 4,634 interactions.
“Vice President Leni Roredo did not say this ridiculous quote about the water crisis and the big businesses. No reputable media organization has reported it and it has been spotted on the disinformation network of the pro-administration trolls,” it said.
Robredo only spoke of the issue on water involving the Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. during a media interview on Thursday in Marawi City.
She said the decisions of the companies to drop their compensation claims gives the Filipino people an “advantage” despite the international arbitration court ruling.
“If they no longer seek to collect, that is to the benefit of the public. Because the money of the government is the money of the people,” she said in a mix of Filipino and English.
A recent Singapore arbitration body ruling awarded about P11 billion in compensation to Manila Water and Maynilad for losses they suffered between June 2015 to November 2019 after the Philippine government refused to let the two companies implement their separate water rate hikes during the period.