Leni Robredo’s vindictiveness and false humility a turnoff to voters

Congresswoman and Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo insists that she doesn’t have any ambition to seek the Presidency. She said it like harboring such an ambition is a bad thing. She brags about being the only one among the candidates who does not aspire to seek any post higher than the vice presidency. I suppose Robredo thinks her statement will make her look “humble” compared to her rivals. She’s been playing this “reluctant” candidate act from the very beginning and her tactic is starting to get old. People are starting to think she is exhibiting false modesty.

Leni Robredo: How does one aspire to be Vice President but at the same time fail to imagine being President?
Leni Robredo: How does one aspire to be Vice President but at the same time fail to imagine being President?
For one, we’ve heard it all before. Prior to agreeing to be Mar Roxas’s running mate, Robredo kept saying on record that she didn’t have any ambition to be Vice President. Now that she is in the thick of the campaign trail for her VP bid, she is saying the same thing about the Presidency. Somebody ought to tell her to quit saying things she might have to take back later on. It’s so easy for anyone to go back to what she said in the past about her stand on issues and call her out on it. She has to be consistent. Consistency is not a very common trait among Filipino public servants and she’s looking more and more like a typical one. Someone even made a comment saying that the fresh-faced Leni is starting to look like a trapo (traditional politician) because of her hypocritical statements.

Second, she’s not making any sense. Does she even know why there is a vice president to begin with? The vice president is someone mandated to act in place of the president in the event of the president’s death, resignation or incapacity. What if something happens to the President and Robredo happens to be the Vice President? Since she keeps saying she does not want to be President, she won’t be able to fill in for the President because she does not want to be in his shoes. The Philippines will be in a dilemma because of her “reluctance”. As someone asked me on Twitter, how can one aspire to be vice-president and never consider the possibility of becoming president even accidentally? I can only scratch my head on that one.

It seems Robredo cannot think too far ahead and lacks foresight. That’s not good for someone seeking the second highest government post in the land. She thinks that as the VP, she can continue doing what she wants, like continue pushing her advocacies as if she was still in Congress. But if she becomes VP, she will have to answer to the President. At this stage, if popularity surveys are to be believed, Mar Roxas won’t win the Presidency so the future Philippine President will not be from the Liberal Party. Therefore, Robredo won’t be free to bring her advocacies to a national level if she ever wins the VP post. This was even confirmed by some of Roxas’s supporters.

Because a lot of people who will vote for Robredo won’t be voting for Roxas, the latter’s supporters are reduced to begging Robredo’s supporters to vote for Roxas as well and warning them that Robredo won’t be able to implement her policies if Roxas doesn’t win. They are effectively saying that it is useless to vote for Robredo without Roxas as the President. But even if Roxas wins, he has his own agenda and it won’t necessarily be in line with Robredo’s agenda. The two running mates may appear united during their campaign sorties but the truth is, they were just forced to run together by bizarre circumstances. It is like a marriage of convenience for them. If they do not have anything in common, their relationship will break down soon enough. The campaign platform they crow about is only good on paper and will not likely be implemented just like what happened to BS Aquino’s platform in 2009.

Besides, we’ve seen enough Philippine Presidents and Vice Presidents whose relationships eventually went pear-shaped in the past. The most recent break-up is between incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Binay was even considered a close family friend of the Aquinos but that didn’t stop members of the Liberal Party from mounting an attack on Binay in an attempt to derail his bid for the Presidency. Binay then attacked the BS Aquino administration, which he is still a part of, in retaliation.  

Another President and Vice President pair who went their separate ways were the late Cory Aquino and Salvador Laurel respectively. Laurel even wrote a scathing letter to Cory venting his frustration at their “fundamental differences” and the way Cory renege on the promise to be “servants of the people’s will and the people’s well being.”

The point is, the same thing can happen to Roxas and Robredo especially since they don’t have a lot in common. I can imagine Roxas must be resenting the fact that, from being plucked from obscurity, Robredo has now overtaken his popularity with the voters. The Liberal Party’s plan to use Robredo to pull Roxas’s popularity up did not work. They did not consider the fact that the voters can choose the President and Vice President separately and not as a team.

Robredo’s supporters are insisting that she is a modest and humble person and their proof is in how she uses public transport in travelling to and from her hometown. But there are people who think this is a shallow reason and are not easily impressed by that especially since she travels in luxury using jets and helicopters to campaign sorties out of town.

Robredo’s supporters need to get real. There is no such thing as a humble politician. Politicians tend to be narcissists and are full of themselves. They have to be, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to sell themselves effectively. Robredo definitely exhibits narcissistic tendencies whenever she promotes her bid for the VP post. She puts her rivals down in order to pull herself up. She doesn’t believe in winning based on her merits. She thinks she has to badmouth her rivals in order to win.

Robredo’s supporters also think she is pious. But a truly pious person will not turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed during the present administration. If she does not have the courage to speak out against BS Aquino and his cabinet members who are not performing their duties as expected of them, then she is not going to be effective in the VP post. She will not be able to “draw national attention to advocacies that need to be pushed”. The BS Aquino government has ignored a lot of the things that need attention in the provinces. The farmers suffering from drought is one of them. We have yet to hear Robredo criticize the BS Aquino government for neglecting the farmers even after the deadly riots in Kidapawan. Robredo’s silence on that matter can be considered tantamount to her condoning the government’s criminal negligence there.

It boggles the mind when one thinks of why Robredo is still sucking up to BS Aquino. He didn’t even want to confirm her husband Jesse as Department of Interior and Local Goverment (DILG) Secretary when he was alive. He died with the title “acting” DILG Secretary. BS Aquino made no secret about their fundamental differences in governance and even cited it as a reason for unnecessarily delaying his confirmation.

“There are various reasons kung bakit acting. In the case of Jesse, we had some differences during the campaign as to style. We want to make sure we can really work with each other well. It does no good to get him through the whole process of the CA only at the end of the day to find out that there might be difficulties in our working style, among others, our core philosophy, so we did agree na acting na muna,” Aquino said.

In short, BS Aquino did not believe in Jesse Robredo. It was even reported that he was about to file charges against BS Aquino’s buddy former DILG undersecretary Rico Puno for various complaints that reached Robredo. Puno was also criticized for breaking into his apartment as soon as news broke that Jesse’s plane was missing. It was rumored that Puno wanted to get “sensitive” documents containing information pertaining to an investigation on Puno and some Philippine National Police officials. Leni even had to ask the Justice Department to secure her husband’s condominium after the break-in:

Robredo’s wife, Atty. Leni Robredo, admitted to the press in Naga that she herself had made the request that their apartment be secured.

According to a report by ABS-CBN’s Anthony Taberna on TV Patrol Thursday, September 6, Leni Robredo had asked for heightened security after she was notified that Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rico Puno tried to enter Robredo’s condominium and offices in the National Police Commission and the DILG, both in Quezon City.

It was only after Jesse died that the President and the rest of the Liberal Party members started praising Jesse Robredo’s name. This was after they observed the public’s growing sympathy for Jesse. The Liberal Party have certainly made up for their past indiscretions against Jesse by elevating his widow’s status. I guess all is forgiven now that the Liberal Party is helping Leni become Vice President. It turns out she wants the power associated with the post. She thought she’d have us all fooled when she said she is not ambitious.

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damian
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Imagine a co-pilot who doesn’t want to take over in the event something bad happens to the captain.

Randall Flagg
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There was another “reluctant” candidate back in 2010. See where that moron got us.

Carlo Hipolito
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sorry, i prefer to wear shoes…

d_forsaken
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How insane Failipinos in the Failippines are as humans when having received a nasty offense we return the same awful offense. If given an apple found to be rotten and wormy, would Failipinos not toss it aside rather than force a soul to eat it? Offenses should be discarded, not returned. So revenge is obviously a deeply messed-up expression of vindictiveness. It is hard to even call it “evil.” It is just plain insanity. A result of deeply messed-up thinking. People are only human, point taken. They let their emotions get the best of them sometimes. It’s a weakness. Some… Read more »
Danny P. Dela Cruz
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Here we have another incompetent servant leader kuno; Leni Lobredo, pilit na pinahihinog ng LP … Like mangoes …Kinalburo … To look better… But it taste awful … Kalburo is very expensive … Is it 500M Php???
If elected VP, and anything happen to the elected President ; then we will have a reluctant and incompetent President.
Sorry … Leni…we have had enough incompetent Presidents…
that brought down our Beloved Country… Leni… Enough is enough..
you missed my vote …

Senen Diaz de Rivera
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I doubt if you ever thought of voting for her in the first place. Tell it to the marines!

tony
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She is also the elite type who can easily pretend that she is not corrupt. Her father was a former judge appointed by FEM and her mother is Mrs Gerona a former teacher in Collegio de Sta Isabel in Naga city. Her former students told that their family is the same as those influenced paddlers and corrupt during Ferdinand Marcos time if you considered him as a corrupt president. Kaya mahirap nagmamalinis espcially the way how she thrown mud against Bongbong, but people who knows her is just like washing the dirty linen of her family.

Dick S. O'Rosary
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There is a Japnese saying: “Never trust a politician who doesn’t have any ambition”.

This Filipino fascination with “reluctant candidates” eludes me. Is it an extension of our masochistic tendencies?

Amir Al Bahr
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It’s more of appealing to that Filipino tendency to be “pakyeme”.

Filipinos reject those they perceive to be “overeager”; You have to wait for things to be “offered” to or “forced” onto you here.

Warren
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Never trust a politician who claims that he/ she represents the poor yet is living life of royalty.

Former BM Cecilio F. Hernandez
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Former BM Cecilio F. Hernandez
Itong mga posts na ito ay PR as any man with ample training in writing. None sense at paninira lang. The VP fight is between Leni Robredo and Bongbong. But many prefer one who does not have any taint of having benefited from a ruinous Martial Rule that ruined many lives and democratic institutions. Many will not rebel at EDSA is there was no basis. You must have seen at EDSA the joy of Filipinos freed from the bondage of fear, oppression, greed in the name of gain and extension of that unwanted rule. If by chance, Filipinos have forgotten… Read more »
KillerQueen
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Honestly speaking, your post is more of a PR.

“Martial Law and EDSA are not valid issues in this election. Leave EDSA alone, do not drag it into this sordid campaign.” -Teddy Locsin, Jr.

Funny Valentine
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You’re totally clueless. After EDSA, nothing has changed. Everything you’ve seen at EDSA is nothing more than a mere delusion; anarchy is not freedom. Changing one political family to another is not freedom. Honestly, it seems you overjoyed about the Mendiola Massacre, Hacienda Luisita Massacre and the current incident in Kidapawan, Cotobato where hungry farmers were met by bullets instead. In fact, things like fear, oppression, greed are still existing in the guise of democracy. What does it THAT tell you? Such hypocrisy right there. And if by chance, people like have forgotten that things git worse after Marcos. More… Read more »
Add
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Liberal Party has become so disgusting. Imagine the biggest applause during the gathering of their leaders in Club Filipino this week was reserved for Butch Abad. It was not even for Mar, Leni, or PNoy. Sonamagan, it was for Abad? Of course, it is for Abad because he does not call PDAF, DAP and Malampaya as such anymore. Abad now talks of BuB. He is their genius when it comes to the manipulation of discretionary funds, which by the way is at 800B to oneT now, right in the face of SC and the nation. Oh, I forgot, we don’t… Read more »
Red
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Someone needs to remind her that she’s running for a position that will force her to be the president should the need arise… We don’t need another reluctant leader. A VP should be ready and willing to assume presidency at any given time.

mrericx
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yes but after we’d watched the VP Debate last Sunday on CNN Philippines & there’s one question asked to them if anyone of them have an ambition to run for the presidency in 6 years from now, and none of them (except Sen. Trillanes who’d refused to answer it) had answered yes, if I’m right. Maybe if someone will brought a lie detection then we will know which of them are really telling us the truth or not on this kind of question.

Jim DiGriz
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Just watching her speak gives the gut feeling that she is a fake, vindictive bitch.

shockwave
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may kasabihan nga… ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw. ano pa ba expect nyo?

JoHunter
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Vindictiveness? You need to put more effort to rein in your bias, Ilda. Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that just like every other BBM opposition in the country, Ms. Robredo is genuinely afraid of what will happen to the Philippines should BBM become VP? It’s not hate, it’s patriotism.

DIO
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Admit it, son. Yours is not patriotism. It’s pure hypocrisy at its worst.

Hope you’re proud of yourself.

Jim DiGriz
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JoHunter, you are not a patriot if you support oligarchs who plundered this country and a President who is not only mentally challenged, but also an incompetent nincompoop.

This stupid woman is not fit to be the Vice President as she has zero experience and is nothing but an empty, yellow colored coconut.

Fake, faker, MOST FAKE!

You yellow dumbasses with your idiotic propaganda which is based on NON-performance and empty phrases make me sick to my stomach. You morons RUINED this country.

ili
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Miss Jim I pity you.ang pait pait mo.😂

domo
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Habang ikaw naman ay diabetic. Ayaw mo ng mapait na katotohanan kasi ang hirap sa iyo gusto mo palagi ay puro rainbow at unicorn ang nakikita mo.

Jim DiGriz
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@ ili: Shallow reply pudding head.

domo
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Patriotism my ass yellow nazi. More like you, your retarded pwesident and all of his allies are credit grabbers to some Filipinos’ own goals with your bullshit ponoy prayd and the enemies of the state because all you outlaws did nothing but give trouble to the Filipino people. Also, so much for patriotism if your retarded pwesident always pin the yellow ribbonin his shirt instead of the Philippine flag.

Kars
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Now you resort to baseless assumptions like “bayaran ang site na ito”, etc.

Typical Pinoy mindset. -_-

Diego Brando
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Son, your comment proves that you have shallow thinking. Making baseless assumptions for self-pleasure and covering your won stupidity.

And please, stop relying on surveys. Just ask Dick Gordon and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. 🙂

Add
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That mobile survey that David Yap already warned us about in an article is now saying Leni is leading in their survey. Well, I will add something to what David already said about that doubtful survey. Don’t forget that CH.5 is “owned” by Manny Pangilinan (MVP), which means it is really owned by the Salim Group of Indonesia. MVP is just an employee of Salim, although MVP is one of top 10 highest paid executives in Asia. PLDT is in effect owned by Salim, but this is covered by layers and layers of holding companies. Now, let me ask which… Read more »
ili
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Oooppss group of closed minded bitter imbecile people.

domo
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And here we have a drama queen who prefers diabetes because he always wants fantasy over reality.

Kars
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I think you’re referring to yourself, son. 🙂

Dima Kapaniwala
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What vindictiveness are you talking about? It is the pinoy politician political theatrics to ride on the people’s illusory and vicarious sense of justice.

This “vindictiveness” surely disappears after election or the power holders desperate arsenal to stay in power. The power holders must have imagine enemies to attack as cover for the abuses or incompetence

domo
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Read the whole article again idiot! Isn’t leni’s hostility against bbm for always bitching martial law when in fact he’s not involved in that already a vindictiveness? Oh don’t tell me you believe in the sins of the fathers. And even if bbm will win, he doesn’t have the power to declare martial law because 1. his position is only vice president and 2. there are lots of processes for declaring that law. And no, vindictiveness will never disappear once leni loses the candidacy that she and her liberal mafia will always do black propaganda against bbm (if he win)… Read more »
555Hyden007Toro9999.99
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555Hyden007Toro9999.99
I believe there something “fishy” in Jesse Robredo’s death. He ended up in the bottom of the Mindanao Sea. Puno breaking into Robredo’s apartment, after his death? What is Puno’s motive in breaking into Robredo’s apartment? The Aquino administration is hiding something…and Puno, the hatchet man of Aquino and Mar Roxas, may had done something awful, in the death of Robredo. Leni Robredo reluctance in assuming the duty of the Presidency, in any event, is a Hint, that : SHE IS NOT READY, FOR THE POSITION OF VICE PRESIDENT. PLEASE CHOOSE A CANDIDATE, WHO IS READY AND WILLING TO BECOME… Read more »
Marie Jean Ytienza
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The writer should try harder. No one can beat the last man standing…a woman and that’s Leni.

domo
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While feminazis like you should troll harder because your fangirlism is no different from the dutertards. What’s the matter feminazi? Exclusive lang sa inyo ang karapatan?

Diego Brando
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Either you’re missing the point… or you’re just trolling.

I think it’s the latter, though.

joy r
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Leni so far is the most truthful candidate. She is a lawyer who served the poor even if she doesn’t have any position in government. She is more than just a widow of the late Jesse Robredo! Her simple lifestyle, intelligence, and truthfulness will surely make her win!

domo
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That’s because idiots like you make her win thanks to your anti-elite and wowowee mentality. Anong tingin mo kay leni si willie revillame?

Ben Garcia
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you’re sleeping

rightist
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Leni is the best VP candidate there. Years of genuine public service with the qualifications to boot. Untarnished by corruption allegations.

domo
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And yet she’s very vindictive when all she bitches to bbm is nothing but martial law and ill-gotten wealth that there are no actual evidence.

Diego Brando
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Untarnished by corruption allegations.

Very funny. Yet she’s one of the people who approved the unconstitutional Bangsamoro Basic Law. What does THAT tell you?

Linda Luz Amante
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You see, not one of her opponents dare say snything against Leni because there is nothing bad they can say about her. I am sure she is not perfect like you and me, for who is? Obviously, you are not a woman with conviction like her, and how you hate her humility. What can you do? She is a humble person and compassionate. You obviously have a problem.

DIO
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You missed one thing: she coherently bashed Bongbong in their first debate so where’s the humbleness and compassionate stuff?

YOU obviously have a problem because you’re an Aquino apologist. Your point?

M A D B O Y
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Humility and compassion are not the best qualities to find in a leader. Its rationality and charisma. Both of which PNoy lacks, and I an sick of any candidates associated with him though I am sick of Roxas being such a bigheaded schmuck as it is. Humility as much as it prevents fights, but too much of it or too much show of it would ultimately kill off ambition. Not self ambition only, ambition overall. Compassion is not important, we need only enough but compassion that foolishly thinks it can save everyone will ultimately be bad for all. You cannot… Read more »
domo
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Actually bbm doesn’t have to because he focused on his campaign and not being like “vote me because I’m popular” that your bitch candidate always do. Rabid yellowturd monkey.

Joey Peralta
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Lenie Robredo in my view is the best candidate for VP. She has the background and compentency to assist or work well with the president whoever is elected. She has the sincerity to help the poor and the leadership strong enough to make it happen. The views of the writer in this article while I respect reflects her own personal views which I think favors more of her candidate for the same position. As for the gains of EDSA, the problem why it did not prosper should not only be blamed on the current and past administrations but largely to… Read more »
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