Leni denies giving relief goods with her name on them

Published November 15, 2020, 9:10 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo denied Sunday that she distributed relief packs with her name on it for victims of typhoon “Ulysses.”


Robredo said she did not put her name on the relief packs because these were given by donors.

She visited areas badly hit by Ulysses in Marikina City and Rizal and brought relief items and other forms of assistance such as hot meals, mattresses, and slippers.

Robredo also provided hot “lugaw” or rice porridge to evacuees in an earlier relief mission for victims of Ulysses. “May dala kaming lugaw (We’re bringing porridge),” she said.

Lugaw, also “Leni Lugaw” or “Lugaw Leni,” is a derisive nickname used by her detractors on social media after she was seen selling the dish to raise funds for her vice presidential bid in the 2016 elections.

In a Facebook post, Robredo attached a photo of the supposed relief pack from her office that contained rice and five canned goods with her name on it.

A social media user posted a comment which read: “Vote leni na daw.” Another one said, “Wag ho nating kakalimutan sa 2022 at ay muling tatakbong bagong kapitan si leni.”

Robredo belied this.

“None of our relief packs being given to typhoon victims bear my name or even the name of our office,” she said.

Robredo reminded the public to be discerning on what they read on social media as these are meant to misinform the public. 

“Sa panahong higit na mahalaga ang tama at makabuluhang impormasyon, maging mapagmatyag po sa mga nababasa at nakikita sa social media, at i-report ang mga nagpapakalat ng disinformation,” she said.