By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday set the record straight and made it clear she does not live in a luxury mansion in New Manila, Quezon City, contrary to what she called ‘fake news’ about her.
Robredo reacted to a column in the Daily Tribune titled “Robredo’s hypocrisy against Mocha Uson” that claimed she was the “most illustrative example of public officer brazenly wasting funds.”
In a Facebook post, Robredo wrote, “Opisina ni VP Leni, at hindi tahanan ang Quezon City Reception House (The Quezon City Reception House is the office of VP Leni and it’s not her home).”
The vice president denied she is holding office at QCRH for P1 million monthly rent paid for by public funds. Robredo also belied her office is renting a separate mansion for her security personnel.
“Sa katunayan, nire-rentahan ito ng OVP (Office of the Vice President) mula sa Quezon City government sa halagang kalahati lamang kumpara sa binabayaran noon sa dating tanggapan ng bise presidente sa Coconut Palace,” she said.
(In fact, the OVP is renting it from the Quezon City government for half what the previous office of the vice president paid for the Coconut Palace.)
“Wala rin katotohanan ang pagrenta ng hiwalay na mansion para sa mga security personnel (There is also no truth in the allegation we are renting a separate mansion for security personnel),” she said.
In her post, Robredo shared a screen shot of some portions of the Daily Tribune column to warn the public of the fake news.
“Let’s fight the lies. Be vigilant and critical to those who are reading,” the former lawmaker said.
Robredo’s personal life and functions as the country’s second top official have been the subject of lies and false accusations on social media platforms. Last year, she came in at number one on the list of victims of fake news, according to a fact-checking report of news organization Vera Files.
The vice president said she will no longer keep mum nor tolerate fake news being spread against her.