Beware of ‘fake’ Angat Buhay NGO, Robredo warns public

Published May 16, 2022, 4:48 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo, through her official Facebook page, asked supporters to be wary of social media groups claiming to be the official Angat Buhay NGO account.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo from VPLR Media Bureau)

“Paalala po sa lahat na tumutok lamang sa VP Leni Robredo Page para sa mga opisyal na anunsyo at iba pang detalye ukol sa Angat Buhay NGO (A reminder to everyone to rely only on VP Leni Robredo Page for official announcement and other details about Angat Buhay NGO),” the page wrote.

For suggestions and questions, it asked those concerned to send an email to [email protected]

“Habang nag-aabang pong mga susunod na anunsyo at detalye, pinaaalalahanan din po ang lahat na maging maingat at mapanuri sa mga iba’t ibang nagpapakilala bilang bahagi ng NGO at tumutulong sa pagkalap ng pondo para rito (While waiting for the next announcement and details, everyone is reminded to be careful and discerning about different groups introducing themselves as part of the NGO and helping to raise funds for it),” it added.

Various pages of the supporters of Robredo also warned their fellow kakampinks against social media pages pretending to be official groups of Angat Buhay, the non-government organization the outgoing Vice President promised to start.

“We understand a lot of us are hyped and excited to join the Angat-Buhay NGO that VP Leni announced earlier. However, we would like to remind everyone na maging mapanuri at mag-ingat sa mga sasalihan nating (to be careful and discerning in joining) groups/pages,” one group posted on Facebook.

“Let us not allow our eagerness and enthusiasm to join this advocacy to be taken advantage of by people pretending to be one of us with ulterior motives,” it added.

During her thanksgiving rally for supporters, Robredo announced plans to establish the Angat Buhay NGO, a continuation of the program of the same name that fueled most of her projects at the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

READ: Robredo announces creation of Angat Buhay NGO​

The Vice President said she will start the NGO, aimed at poverty alleviation, on July 1, or a day after her term ends on June 30.

The group stressed the “red flags” on these spurious pages, such as the locked profile page of the “administrator” Aj San Jose and the locked comments section.

“As of this writing, we have not been advised of any official pages/groups for the Angat-Buhay NGO. Our recommendation is to wait for an official announcement for anything related to the soon-to-be-launched Angat-Buhay NGO from verified pages,” the group said.

These official and verified pages are that of Robredo’s running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, her campaign manager Bam Aquino, and the Robredo People’s Council (RPC), the volunteer arm of the Vice President’s campaign.

However, the group encouraged supporters to follow Robredo’s official YouTube page “to help generate revenue from ads which can be used to fund the Angat-Buhay NGO.”

Based on partial and unofficial election results, Robredo lost to former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the recently concluded 2022 presidential race by 16 million votes.

She is now in New York with her three daughters to attend youngest daughter Jillian’s commencement exercises at the New York University on May 18.