Leni Robredo’s increasingly desperate bid to win the Vice Presidency

One recent news headline read: “Leni worried by Bongbong’s surge in surveys”.  It is quite understandable why Vice Presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is “worried”. She must have a lot to worry about now that her rival Senator Bongbong Marcos has a big chance of winning the Vice Presidency. For one thing, it highlights how ill-thought-out her decision was to run for the second highest post in the land.

Leni Robredo: focusing on what happened 30 years ago instead of more recent atrocities.

Leni Robredo: focusing on what happened 30 years ago instead of more recent atrocities.

Deep inside, Robredo could be more worried about losing face after losing the election more than the possible return of Martial Law. I mean, if she were smart, she’d know that declaring Martial Law is not that simple. As another Vice Presidential candidate senator Chiz Escudero said during the recent VP debate, there are mechanisms in place now to prevent the President from simply declaring it. Besides, the Vice President does not have the authority to declare Martial Law. Robredo is simply being silly in thinking that Bongbong Marcos would be stupid enough to declare Martial Law considering the senator has benefited a lot from Filipinos who are vocal on the Internet especially people on social media.

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Why would Bongbong stifle the people’s freedom to speak out against those who vilify him and the rest of the Marcos family, for example? Netizens actually played an immense role in helping expose the truth about EDSA and Martial Law. There is a lot of information coming out now – some new perspective about what transpired before and after both events, which do not paint Marcos Sr as the sole perpetrator of atrocities. For 30 years, the Aquinos and their allies have blamed Marcos Sr and his family for the bad things that happened and keep happening in the country. BS Aquino and his supporters even blame his government’s shortfalls on the Marcoses, if not former President Gloria Arroyo. If Bongbong removes the people’s voice through a repeat of his father’s Martial Law, it would work against him. He doesn’t come across as stupid enough to do something like that.

Robredo should worry more about atrocities and anomalies that are happening at present times instead of things that happened 30-odd years ago. If she had any sense of decency, she would speak out against BS Aquino’s lack of accountability for his government’s appalling performance in the last six years. A lot of people have noted how she turns a blind eye to BS Aquino’s string of broken promises, like the passing of the Freedom of Information bill — an initiative she is a strong advocate of. And after voting for the bill to increase pensions paid out by the Social Security System (SSS), she did an about-face after the President vetoed it. Robredo even defended Aquino’s veto decision after he received flak from SSS pensioners and contributors.

Longchamp on one shoulder and a Louis Vuitton on the other while 'waiting for a bus'. Who takes these photos??

Longchamp on one shoulder and a Louis Vuitton on the other while ‘waiting for a bus’. Who takes these photos??

In another feeble attempt at winning the hearts of the voters, members of Robredo’s public relations machinery are posting photos of her on social media painting her as a “modest” and “humble” public servant. There’s this picture of her taking a bus. It is so trivial to be making a big deal of her taking public transport when, in most progressive countries, it is quite common for public servants to use public transport on a daily basis. Had the current government fixed the country’s public transport system, more Filipinos would take public transport without as much dramas. And it is interesting why there would always be someone who happens to be at just the right time and place to take a photo when she takes the bus!

In another photo circulating on social media, she is shown walking through a flooded footpath. This is supposed to come across as more proof that she is “modest”. Some Netizens have noted though, that she was carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag – a very expensive handbag. As social media commentator Leslie Bocobo suggested, she should have carried a bayong instead to complete the hypocrisy.

It’s no secret that Robredo didn’t want to run for the Vice Presidency to begin with but she still allowed herself to be bullied by her Liberal Party mates into filling out a certificate of candidacy anyway. That in itself says a lot about her character. She seems to be the type who would compromise her principles just to please other people particularly her allies. If she truly believed that she is not yet ready for a higher post, considering she only just joined congress as her district’s representative in 2013, she should have flatly said no to the offer.  

One can’t help but wonder what else is Robredo willing to compromise for her party-mates? The absence of a husband or a partner to consult with and confide in could be weakening her defenses against bullies who are putting bad ideas into her head. She could pursue the passing of the unconstitutional Bangsamoro Basic Law just to please her allies. It is the Filipino people who should be worried if she wins the Vice Presidency in that case.

A bayong would have better-suited this occasion than Leni's favorite Louis Vuitton bag.

A bayong would have better-suited this occasion than Leni’s favorite Louis Vuitton bag.

Members of the Liberal Party are known for bullying. Robredo’s situation is reminiscent of the time when then senator Benigno Simeon Aquino was also bullied into applying for the Presidency. We recall that BS Aquino also did not have any plans to run for the Presidency back in 2009 but leaders of the Liberal Party talked him into running to take advantage of the Sympathy Vote after his mother Cory died just a few months before to the 2010 Presidential Election. Fast-forward to six years later, they are now using whatever lingering sympathy votes are left for the death of former Department of Local Government and Interior Secretary Jessie Robredo in 2012 to help his wife, Leni win the Vice Presidency. After all, sympathy votes helped her win a seat in congress back in 2013.

Truly, Robredo should have been more honest with herself and realized that her Liberal Party mates, especially Presidential candidate Mar Roxas, are casting her for the role of “grieving widow” in a desperate effort to help boost Mar’s poor popularity rating. The idea is ridiculous because they are assuming that whoever votes for Robredo will also vote for Mar. It may work on some gullible and emotional voters but thank goodness, it doesn’t work on the majority of voters. It’s a good indication that people can see through what they are doing.

Robredo does come across as someone who can’t stand on her own two feet. First, she relies on her husband’s popularity and shamelessly mentions his previous policies as Mayor of Naga City to add semblance of substance to her own election campaign. She also relies on her Liberal Party mates as if they will always be by her side no matter what.  Someone should tell her that these people would drop her like a hot potato when she loses the election. She’ll be cast aside like last month’s flavor of the month.


41 Replies to “Leni Robredo’s increasingly desperate bid to win the Vice Presidency”

  1. It is so trivial to be making a big deal of her taking public transport when, in most progressive countries, it is quite common for public servants to use public transport on a daily basis. Had the current government fixed the country’s public transport system, more Filipinos would take public transport without as much dramas.

    Exactly. It’s so ridiculous and infuriating how some people on social media wants others to be proud of Leni Robredo for using public transportation. But just like Ilda said, the reason for that is because of the sad fact that Philippine public transportation isn’t something to be proud of. Unfortunately in social media, information which is usually false, overdramatic, exaggerated, and highly sensationalized is easily accepted by the gullible and the ignorant.

    And it is interesting why there would always be someone who happens to be at just the right time and place to take a photo when she takes the bus!

    What’s really funny (because it’s so sad but true), is that a lot of people on Facebook don’t even THINK about this.

    1. @Juancho:

      GRP bloggers, consist of foreign , Filipino overseas bloggers, and local bloggers. They know what, they are talking about.Some of them, are highly educated…more educated in foreign universities, than any YellowTard, you can think of…so, do not put down GRP bloggers. Read their messages, and understand them. Do not mind the messengers.

  2. Bobotantes speaks that Chiz Escudero will win on this year’s election & to become the next VP in our country & he’ll beat BBM, Leni and other VP candidates. Alam na this especially if Chiz have a HEART.

    1. Sadly, I think you are right. Chia doesn’t. Really have anything to offer if in case he becomes president through succession.

  3. Hey. This is a VERY irrelevant comment to this article. I’d like to request if there are GRP writers out there who could write an article about The US govt’s involvement in our country. I keep on hearing about, ‘The US that is weighing our country down’, or like sila ang dahilan why our country can’t move forward and stuff like that. I’d really like to be more informed about this! Also I notice lang that it seems like the Americans are the ones rushing the reopening of the US bases in the country, and not the Filipinos. The Americans are taking our people as fools, and talagang nauuto nila yung mga nakararami sa atin. Please? Anyone? Write something about this? hehe. Salamat.

    1. @ PINBALL< yes they think Filipino's are fools. They act like fools, so they get treated as such. Check out the way that they keep electing the same people from the same families and keep getting the same results,HA…its the very definition of foolishness. So you really can not be surprised now can you?

    2. Additionally, if you read some of the past actd and bills that were passed such as the Bell Trade Act, you would see how the US basically took advantage of a Phillipines who just underwent a revolution.

      I used to think being taken over by the US was going to be a good thing and now as I learn more about our history, the more I am apalled at what they have done.

  4. Ordinaryong tao nga may LV/long champ n bag.. Mas mura nmn ng di hamak yan kumpara sa magagarang sasakyan ng ibang kandidato. Di ko makita ang point bakit pinalalaki 🙁

      1. Well, I for one, am looking at the photos. In the photo where Leni is allegedly waiting for a bus, I wanna say “dat ass” but then I realize that I’m being unfair to her late husband. However, I wonder if she finds it unfair that she’s siding with the very people her husband opposed.

        1. Bakit? Mas gusto nyo yung mga pliticians na gumagasta ng pera ng bayan na private plane pa ang ginagamit? Mga tanga.

        2. Of course we don’t want those kind of people. However, iyang ginawa ni leni ay pakitang-tao lang. Nauto ka lang sa ginawa nya kasi utak telebasura ka.

  5. malaking issue na any pagsakay nya ng bus kasi halos lahat ng politiko eh ang gagara ng kotse at may mga bodyguard pa.. ofw ako at mas malaki pa ang sahod ko sa ibang politiko pero hindi ko kaya bumili ng louis vitton bag.. paano sila nakakabili ng mamahaling gamit at kotse at mala mansion na bahay?? well, alam na this!!!

  6. A forum for like minded indivduals with no room for well thought out antithetical thoughts and attitudes and not to mention truths that may seem unpalatable……Congratulations.But which is more unpalatable, truths that hurt OR rejection of those truths to the point of non discussion and close mindedness?Rejection of cold hard facts or applause for sugar coated hyperbole? (a rhetorical question)

    1. Here is the simple truth:

      Any moron with halaf a brain can come up with campaign strategies that feature them as “humble”.

      Here’s the question: Would you buy it hook line and sinker?

      Magpapa-epek ka na lang na humble ka kuno e lubusin mo na. Kaya sa estilong yan sablay yang pag bag ng mamahalin at napaghahalatang puro ka-bullshitan lang ang lahat.

  7. I believe Leni is truly concern about Filipino people. Please check fist her background and her achievements and compare her to the other VP candidates. Most of them have self interest especially Bongbong, malamang baka baguhin pa niya ang kasaysayan–glorifying and romanticizing the Martial Law.

  8. Liberal Party politicians are good in posing for photo opportunities. Mar Roxas, posed for picture, directing traffic; carrying bags of onions; sitting on a pile of lumber; etc…however, Mar Roxas did not posed for pictures, with the slain 44 Mamapasano SAF Police Heroes.

    Leni Robredo posed for pictures, waiting for a bus ride; carrying an expensive “Louis Vuitton” bag; she even posed crossing a stream, carrying that expensive bag. It seems, she is clinging to her expensive “Louis Vuitton” bag, always. Maybe, it is full of cash…

    Leni Robredo, has no good Track Record. She is a one term Congresswoman. She has no known political platform. A “yes woman” of Aquino and Mar Roxas.

    If you vote for a candidate, because; her husband died; or his mother died. You are as stupid , as you can be…the dead cannot do anything, anymore…

    1. Basta, parang mas ok si Leni Robredo. Ipakikilala namin iyan sa mga taga-Batangas para maging tunay na taga-Batangas. Halata na sincero siya, di magnanakaw o angkan ng magnanakaw, di mayabang. Ariba ROBREDO FOR VP! But it does not mean, we support Mar but either Poe or Duterte. Lalo na yong tutulong sa mga pensioners.

  9. LP should really fire their political strategies, PR consultants, and ad agencies. They are doing such a lousy job.

    But then, good products don’t need advertising, and lousy products can’t be helped by any amount of advertising.

  10. Jessie Robredo gave a lot for Naga. Have nothing bad to say against him but his wife is another story altogether. Yeah, she is good at being a lawyer, doing pro bono and so and so..but for the life of me, i cannot understand why she let these LP hoodlums used her. She could have run for local office in Cam. Sur. She could’ve run for governor and do us all a favor for snatching back cam sur from the greedy hands of the Villafuertes..but no, she has to run for vice president knowing so damn well she’ll lose.

  11. Comments at the GRP FB page are a lot more interesting. You can’t believe the morons who fell for the ‘humble’ spin of Robredo simply because she was photographed “commuting”.

      1. Takot lang kayo mga BBM followers.mas maraming gusto kay Leni! Hindi desperado para manalo, mas marami lang ang mas matalino kaya gusto si Leni. Ayaw nila sa mandarambong.

        1. That’s not the point, son. I have mixed feeling with Leni Robredo but she will just be used by the Yellow Camp para ‘tuloy ang ligaya’, ika nga. I also fear of an Erap-GMA situation. Still hope that’s not the case.

          Hindi desperado para manalo, mas marami lang ang mas matalino kaya gusto si Leni. Ayaw nila sa mandarambong.

          IYAN ang dahilan kung bakit bagsak ang Pilipinas: they only chose the lesser evil rather than something for the greater good. Hindi kayo natuto kay Noynoy, kay Leni pa kaya? Well, hindi ka naman natatakot na sirain pa lalo ang Pilipinas dahil sa mga taong tulad mo.

          Take your faggotry to somewhere else. Kasi mandarambong ka rin. Be honest~. 🙂

        2. By “smart” you mean those who watch too much telebasura and always use their heart instead of their head? Hirap sa mga bobong pinoy na katulad mo pinipili mo yung hindi masyadong masama e at hindi mo man tiningnan ang mga achievements nya. And no idiot aquino follower, walang kwenta iyang kinakampanya nyang tsinelas.

  12. Bullshit. Robredo, as the puppet of the LIBERAL PARTY, has FIRST-CLASS smear campaigners in the form of PDI, Rappler, ABS-CBN, Raissa Robles, JoeAm, et al. and you’re complaining about how a blogsite is being contrarian about her?

    Yeah, keep knocking.

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