VP Robredo calls red-tagging attacks on social media ‘fake news’

Published December 12, 2020, 9:02 PM

by Raymund Antonio

“Fake news,” Vice President Leni Robredo said of the social media attacks against her yesterday, accusing her of being on the side of the communists.

The posts red-tagging Robredo came out on social media Saturday almost at the same time.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“None of the allegations are true,” she said. “Pare pareho at halos sabay sabay ang labas. So mukhang eto yung script this week (The posts were the same and almost came out almost at the same time. So this could be the script for this week).”

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Dec. 12, Robredo said: “It gets crazier and crazier. Now I am being red-tagged.” 

The vice president was reacting to the online attacks saying that she is protecting the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA), in pursuing peace talks.

The Vice President shared the screenshots of the Facebook and Twitter posts where she was red-tagged using false information.

The posts said:

“Yari! Totoo ba ito Leni Lugs? Kaya pala ayaw mong e-kondena ang rebeldeng NPA…(Oh no! Is this true Leni Lugs? That’s why you don’t like to condemn the NPA rebels),” the netizen wrote.

The post was accompanied by a fake quote attributed to Robredo saying she is grateful to those protecting the NPA.

“Kailangan natin protektahan ang NPA. Pagasa din sila ng ating bayan. Dapat makiisa ang gobyerno sa hangarin ng NPA. Eto ang pangako ko kapag ako naging Pangulo (We have to protect the NPA. They are also the hope of our nation. The government should unite with the NPA on its goal. I promise this when I become the President),” it read.

Another netizen tweeted: “Just how ridiculous and traitorous @lenirobredo is for planning to engage peace talks with the CPP when the President has already said there would be no peace talks during this administration.”

Robredo asked the public to report the fake news peddlers who red-tagged her on social media platforms.