Aika and Tricia Robredo, daughters of Vice President Leni Robredo, admonished netizens pretending to be them after they posted offensive jokes on the New York University (NYU) livestream of its commencement exercises on Wednesday night (Manila time), May 18.
They were attending their youngest sibling Jillian’s graduation from NYU at the Yankee Stadium. The graduation rites was livestreamed on NYU’s YouTube channel.
“I do not talk like this. Nor do I post messages like this on public livestreams. Please stop,” Aika wrote on Twitter, while posting also a screenshot of a netizen using her name to say “merlot shot puno (full).”
Tricia also called out a netizen using her name for joking about “nutribun”, the bread product used in elementary school feeding programs during the Martial Law regime to combat child malnutrition. It was part of the project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“I’m not sure what bothers me more: being impersonated on the comments section of the livestream of my sister’s graduation or people thinking that this is something to joke about. Hindi nakakatawa at hindi nakakatuwa. Pakiusap (It’s not funny and it’s not something to joke about. My plea) – please stop,” she posted.
She followed this up with a reminder, which seemed to be addressed to some of her mother’s supporters.
“You’re concerned about historical revisionism but you joke about nutribun and red-tagging, as if these are things to be taken lightly. I will never reduce the atrocities of Martial Law for clout and entertainment. Neither should you,” Tricia added.
Robredo’s supporters responded with an apology to both Aika and Tricia, while also reprimanding some members of the kakampink community for distasteful and offensive jokes.
They said kakampinks should be more mindful of their posts, especially as they reflect on the Robredo family.
Meanwhile, the Robredos shared on Instagram photos and video clips of Jillian’s graduation, where global superstar Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate degree and delivered a speech.
In a reply to a netizen, the Vice President said she won’t have the chance of meeting the singer but “I will be one of the thousands of parents on the stand happily and proudly cheering on our graduates.”
Jillian earned a degree with a double major in Economics and Mathematics.