Spicy porridge fit for ‘Lugaw Queen’ Robredo

Published April 14, 2021, 4:40 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Alluding to being called “Lugaw (porridge) Queen” by her detractors, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, April 14, posted a photo of her lunch — spicy lugaw with tokwa’t baboy (tofu and pork). 

Robredo said her lunch of lugaw accompanied her as she volunteered in her office’s newest initiative, the Bayanihan E-Konsulta. 

(Photo from VP Robredo’s Facebook page)

“Spicy lugaw with tokwa’t baboy for lunch while volunteering as a chat agent for our Bayanihan e-Konsulta patients. We’re trying to catch up with our backlogs dahil andaming pasyente (there are many patients),” she said on her Facebook page. 

Robredo’s second daughter, Tricia, earlier posted about her mother manning one of the lines as a “call center agent” for the day. 

Last week, the Bayanihan E-Konsult had received 10,830 requests for medical consultations with the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) volunteer doctors. But even after taking a break on Monday to deal with the backlogs, Robredo admitted that it was taking their team a long time to address everyone’s concerns. 

This is not the first time Robredo played along with her detractors, who have been calling her “lugaw queen” since her supporters decided to sell porridge to raise funds during the 2016 vice presidential race.

Last year, Robredo handed out bowls of porridge to evacuees in Batangas following the eruption of Taal volcano.  She also gave out pieces of pandesal, an allusion to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson.

During that time, Uson criticized Robredo for grandstanding, falsely claiming that the OVP only provided meager relief goods such as five pieces of bread and a bottle of water for the Taal eruption victims.

Uson is not the only government official to poke fun at Robredo. 

Earlier this month, Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III alluded to the vice president as a “non-essential” lugaw after a viral video of a village official told a delivery rider that picking up lugaw for a customer was not allowed beyond curfew hours because it was not essential. 

After Presidential spokesman Harry Roque clarified that lugaw was essential, netizens were quick to point out that Robredo, whose pandemic response has been commended by organizations, was also essential.