By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo vehemently denied being part of the alleged leaked emails online nor the group that has a well-orchestrated plan to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, January 9 in an interview in Marinduque, Robredo said she has found herself at the receiving end of fake news circulating over the internet.
“I don’t know if what was my participation. My name was being mentioned but I’m not part of that group. There were alleged emails circulating. No, I was not also part of it,” she said.
The so-called “#LeniLeaks” spilled the supposed correspondence in a restricted Yahoo! group called Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), whose members are allegedly behind efforts to undermine Duterte.
Thinking Pinoy, a Filipino blogger, posted online the leaked emails that showed exchanges among GFDC members, some of whom are Robredo supporters.
TP said some of major players in #LeniLeaks are Fil-Am billionaire lobbyist and Liberal Party supporter Loida Nicolas-Lewis and her sister Imelda Nicolas, head of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.
Robredo’s camp remained tightlipped about #LeniLeaks over the weekend even as she became a subject of online backlash.
The Vice President said the issue is not “clear” to her at this time because she has been busy making rounds in typhoon-ravaged areas in Bicol until she only received information about it by “bits and pieces.”
She said it was not surprising that her name was floated in the said exchanges because she is the vice president.
Robredo is baffled that if the “conversation is secret, why is that it is a public group?”
Robredo said the last time she personally met Nicolas-Lewis was before the election campaign when she ran as Camarines Sur representative.
“It was said that we met in America, that’s not true,” said Robredo, the former housing chief.
She said she and Nicolas-Lewis know each other because the latter is a fellow Bicolana and was one of her supporters during the congressional campaign.
The vice president made the clarification after she was asked by reporters in Marinduque about their supposed meeting while she was vacationing in the United States with her family last December.
“Even a personal meeting nor a phone call, we haven’t called each other nor met in America,” she stressed.
Amid the vicious attacks against her on social media, she prefers to focus on her job as vice president.
“Mayroon kaming mandatong kailangan gampanan—na kung magpapadala kami sa kasamaan na nangyayari online, paano namin magagampanan ang aming mandato?” Robredo asked.
“As much as I can, iyong focus ko nasa trabaho. Kaya kahit ganoon ang tira sa akin, kaliwa’t kanan, pinagbubuhusan ko talaga ng panahon ang trabaho ko.”
Lewis, for her part, belied there is a plot to oust the president, contending that her opposition to the president does not equate to a conspiracy.
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