PR stunt? Robredo shows ‘resibo’ of walking barefoot sans elections

After coming off a successful Women’s Month celebration with her kakampinks, it seems that Vice President Leni Robredo has had enough of trolls making an issue out of her taking her heels off after a debate.

Vice President Leni Robredo attends the Pink Magic Hope event held in Sampaloc, Manila on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (VPLR Media Bureau)

She cleared that it wasn’t the first time she went barefoot during an event, posting a photo taken in 2016 during the birth anniversary of her husband, the late former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo, at the Eternal Gardens in Naga.

“Kahit walang election, ginagawa ko yan pag sumasakit paa ko. Eto resibo. 2016 po ito. Tapos na election (Even without elections, I do that when my feet hurt. This is a receipt. This was after the election),” Robredo said, posting a photo of her barefoot while seemingly holding a balloon.

“Saka medyo regular po yan nangyayari, hindi lang sa akin, pero sa marami pang mga kababaihan na hindi sanay ng n(a)ka heels na matagal (That happens regularly, not only to me, but to many women who are not used to wearing heels for a long time),” she added.

She said after a fun day, she was in the mood to clap back at trolls who were making an issue out of a photo wherein she was seen barefoot after the CNN Presidential Debate on Sunday, Feb. 27.

In the caption of the photo, the Vice President said she had to take off her heels after standing on them for three hours.

READ: Robredo goes barefoot after ‘happy’ debate experience; ‘Di na ako makalakad’

Robredo denied it was a mere “PR (public relations) stunt” as some trolls have been insinuating.

The Vice President also denied false claims that she received the questions during the debate in advance.

“Also, sa mga nagsasabi na may advance questions akong natanggap sa debate. Thank you, kahit hindi totoo. Gusto bang sabihin, nagalingan kayo (to those who were saying that I received advanced questions for the debate. Thank you, even if it is not true. Does it mean, you were impressed)?,” she asked.

The next scheduled presidential debate will be the one hosted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), but it is not clear if her rival, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., will attend despite the poll body agreeing to disclose the general topics to be discussed after a request from Marcos’ camp.

Director Darryl Yap, who directed the “Len-Len” series starring Senator Imee Marcos, said any true leader would know not to wear heels if the debate will last for three hours.

He added that it was “poor planning” and “wrong decision” on Robredo’s part.