Duterte's 'reveal' plan on presidential bets 'helpful if true' —Robredo

Published January 26, 2022, 3:14 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, Jan. 26, welcomed President Duterte’s plan to reveal who among the leading presidential aspirants are corrupt and unqualified for the country’s highest post because if true, the information will help the people assess who to vote for in the upcoming May elections.

Vice President Leni Robredo visits the residents of Badjau Village in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, and leads the turnover of two sewing machines donated to the Tepo Ku, Usaha Ku (TeKuUsaKu) Women Association on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (OVP photo)

“Parati naman nating (We always) welcome ‘yung (the) information na totoo. Kasi nakatulong siya sa tao sa pag-assess ng (that is true. Because this will help people in assessing the) capacity, ng (of) integrity ng mga kandidato (of the candidates),” she said.

Robredo went to Lamitan, Basilan for the turnover of the Angat Buhay Weaving Center to the local government unit (LGU) and the Yakan Weavers of Brgy. Buahan.

“Whether si Presidente ‘yun (it’s the President), whether member ng (of) media, or kahit ordinaryong tao, pero may (even if ordinary people, as long as there’s) accountability sa sinasabi nya, makakatulong ito (in what he’s saying. This will help) during elections,” she said.

During the second part of a pre-recorded public address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Chief Executive mentioned that he will name the “most corrupt” of the presidential bets before the May polls.

He mentioned that one candidate “really cannot be a president” while another can be elected but is “too corrupt.”

Duterte said this is part of his obligation as President because he wants Filipinos to vote for the right candidate.

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This is not the first time that Duterte made allegations against his possible successors. In November, he claimed that one presidential aspirant is a cocaine user but has evaded authorities because he consumed illegal drugs aboard a yacht or in airplanes.

While he did not mention names, the President said the candidate will be a “weak leader” who only has his father’s famous name.

The Vice President emphasized the need for accountability in the “age of disinformation” because of anonymous profiles on social media.

“Na-bombard tayo ng napakaraming (We are bombarded by so many) disinformation, na ‘yung paniniwawala talaga natin pag tama ‘yung (that what we believe in is if the) information, na ‘yung pinanggalingan may (is right the source has) accountability, eto ‘yung mas mabuti para sa tao (this is what’s best for the people),” she said.

The aspiring president is visiting Basilan and Zamboanga del Sur this week to turnover Angat Buhay projects and oversee her COVID response programs.

She also met with Bishop Leo Dalmao and the fisherfolk community of Brgy. Lukboton in Isabela City, Basilan.

Robredo led the P2-million project which is composed of training, 50 units of motorized banca, fishing paraphernalia, and solar-powered chest freezer. This aims to double the fisherfolk’s monthly catch volume and monthly income.

She also visited the headquarters of the 101st brigade at the Camp Luis R. Biel II in Isabela City and the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) at the Camp General Basilio Navarro in Zamboanga City to turn over antigen test kits procured by the Office of the Vice President (OVP).