Leni slams attacks on ‘defenseless’ Jesse
The so-called “Naga Leaks” linking the late Jesse Robredo to illegal gambling and drugs was created only because critics failed to silence Vice President Leni Robredo.
Robredo on Wednesday slammed those behind the latest social media attack against her and her husband, the former Interior secretary, initiated by the group “We Are Collective,” whose members remain anonymous.
“Noong wala na sigurong mapiga sa akin, iyong asawa kong limang taon na nananahimik, iyon naman iyong nabiktima ngayon,” Robredo said during the “Women Defending Democracy” forum at Miriam College.
The Vice President said the false stories against her — from having an affair with a Quezon City congressman to having an abortion abroad — were made to chastise her for being vocal.
Robredo, since she was a member of President Duterte’s Cabinet, has been openly criticizing Duterte’s administration for its certain policies, including the reimposition of death penalty and the rampant drug killings in the country.
“Ano ang kapalit ng pagiging vocal ko? Lahat ng kuwento naibigay na sa akin. Halimbawa isang kuwento, bago ko napangasawa ang asawa ko may iba na akong asawa na NPA (New People’s Army). Pagkatapos noong hindi iyon dumikit, mayroon na akong boyfriend. Pagkatapos nag-advance pa ng konti, buntis na. Noong ‘di lumaki ang tiyan ko nagpaabort na ako. Akala ko sa mga artista lang ang kuwento na iyon at di pa nakuntento,” she said.
“Ganoon na ba kababa iyong nadatnan natin?” she added.
Robredo said she opted to keep silent and to ignore the rumors because she can defend herself.
But when critics started attacking her husband, that was when she drew the line.
“Iyong asawa ko na ‘di na kayang depensahan ang sarili niya dahil hindi niyo ko napapatahimik, siya naman iyong bibiktimahin niyo,” she continued.
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