By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has been bashed online since she assumed office in 2016, and she’s not holding back now.
Robredo, who has been subject of online attacks, poked fun at her bashers when she served hot meals consisting of lugaw and pandesal on Tuesday to victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
Robredo posted a video on her social media accounts of herself handing out bowls of lugaw (rice porridge) to evacuees during her second visit to the calamity-stricken province.
“Nagbibigay po tayo ng relief goods. Nagbibigay tayo ng mats, toiletries, mga unan. Saka dito po nagsasandok tayo ng ‘Leni Lugaw’ na special, saka po mga pandesal,” she said in the video she tweeted.
(We are giving relief goods. We are giving mats, toiletries, and pillows. And I’m serving special ‘Leni Lugaw’ and pandesal.)
The Vice President also held a sign saying “Lugaw Leni,” which appeared to throw shade at her online bashers.
Robredo’s post made the rounds of social media sites and #LugawLeni trended.
The country’s second official has been called “Leni Lugaw” or “Lugaw Queen” by her detractors since photos of her supporters selling porridge to raise funds for her campaign circulated during the 2016 elections.
This was the second time Robredo fired back at her online attackers with regard to the two relief operations that her office has conducted so far in Batangas to help the evacuees.
Just recently, she called out Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Mocha Uson for spreading false information about the relief goods she had distributed.
While repacking relief items at her office, Robredo was seen in a video, which was posted on her official Facebook page, pointing to a box containing mocha-flavored cookies behind her.
“Kumpleto (It’s complete),” she said with a hearty laugh, pointing to the “mocha” label.
The vice president and her team distributed relief goods, including food packs, bottled water, toiletries, sleeping mattresses, hygiene kits, and blankets, among other items, to evacuees in the calamity areas.
They also set up a mobile kitchen to serve hot meals and conducted various services such as medical consultations, laughter yoga, and storytelling for children.