How does VP Leni Robredo deal with social media toxicity?

Published March 29, 2021, 11:32 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Calling it a gift, Vice President Leni Robredo doesn’t get easily affected by the negativity and criticisms thrown her way, which is why she can take care of her mental health despite the vicious trolling that follow her on social media. 

Vice President Leni Robredo (Geric Cruz/Bloomberg)

Speaking on Spotify podcast “Wake Up With Jim and Saab,” the vice president said even when she was not yet in politics, she does not easily get emotional. 

“Hindi ako madaling ma-affect by a lot of things and reklamo nga yan sa akin ng aking mga anak na masyado daw akong NR (I am not easily affected by a lot of things and that’s the complaint of my kids that I’m too much NR [no reaction]),” she told musician-couple Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona-Bacarro. 

For Robredo, she considered this as a “gift for me to deal with the ugliness of the world that I’m in.”

The lady official has been fully aware of the many things thrown at her, many of which she said were lies. 

“Do I get affected by them? Ako, no. Sinasabi ng friends ko na huwag ka nang magbasa pero ako (Me, no. My friends tell me not to ready but) I read eh,” she said. 

“I read and hindi ako naa-affect (I don’t get affected) in the sense that I lose sleep over them. Do I get depress because of the many being things that are said of me? Ako (Me), no,” Robredo added. 

The vice president said the two silliest fake news thrown at her have to be that she cheated in the 2016 vice presidential race and that she has a boyfriend whom she goes home to. She mentioned that her bashers also called her “bobo (stupid).”

Robredo won against former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of a dictator, in the 2016 polls. This is a victory upheld by the Supreme Court’s junking of Marcos’ poll protest last month. 

But over the years, many of her detractors also accused her of being in a relationship with a Quezon City congressman.
Robredo is the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash off the coast of Masbate in August 2012.

The opposition leader said she deals with these things with her “sheer conscience.”

“Hindi na naman totoo ‘yun sinasabi nila. Siguro sad ako na marami naniniwala kasi hindi naman ako kilala pero para sa akin klaro sa akin (What they’re saying are not true. Maybe I’m sad that a lot are believing even if they don’t know me but for me, things are clear),” Robredo stressed. 

“What are the things that last?” she asked, adding that popularity and power were fleeting. 

“Iyong mundo bilog. Pwede ‘yung lahat ng power saka popularity na sa iyo ngayon pero hindi ito assurance na bukas nandiyan pa rin (The world is round. It can be that all the power and popularity are with you now but this is not an assurance that they’re still with you tomorrow),” Robredo said, citing that character, integrity, and the concept of right and wrong don’t change over time.

“There are things that whether you’re popular or not, whether you’re in power or not, iyong masama, masama. Iyong tama, tama (what’s wrong is wrong. What’s right is right),” she added. 

The knowledge that what’s right and true will win in the end is her driving force, according to the vice president.