The landscape of Philippine politics was once more rocked last week when the first of part of the #NagaLeaks expose was released targeting VP Leni Robredo. Yes, I did anticipate its release last Friday afternoon and I have read the full content of the first release despite of the article’s length. My perception shift to VP Leni from being hopeful to disappointment to disdain was the reason why I am interested with the article. At this point, I am delaying my comments pertaining to the “revelations” pending more details on the expose and after I have done my fact checking.
I have couple of observation, though, that stands out at this time. These observations are more inclined towards the reactions on VP Leni’s side considering that the page that handles the expose is a bit more aggressive at this time. Names have been dropped and more names are being dropped as the days are progressing. More and more people are getting involved and, as of this time, we already have one person stepping forward verifying part of the information that were already released.
But one thing that stands out – the awful silence and the contradictions of VP Leni Robredo.
Through all these social media “battles”, I have seen and heard the arguments of both sides – from the pro-Duterte personalities to the faceless anti-Duterte peeps. One group that I have seen that purposefully defend their stance and leader is the Office of the Vice President. I first took notice of the OVP’s presence when the US trip of VP Leni became an issue and from then on the team had made their presence felt in ALL social media “battles”… until now.
Interestingly, the silence speaks volumes and raises a lot of questions on the expose considering that VP Leni Robredo is always on the lookout for publicity opportunities. If I am to make reference to her husband’s publicity strategy that was stated in the expose, it is the same strategy that I think she is trying to employ at this time. She does not miss out on opportunities where she gets a chance for positive publicity – even if a Grade 6 student proudly declares that the student voted for her in the last election.
They are also at the forefront in defending the VP from her detractors. That is the reason why I am quite curious as to why they are now silent about the issue.
The only statement that we got so far from the Vice President herself was that this was about the attempts to destroy her reputation. She even added that these attempts have been done before with the objective to silence her and that she won’t be silenced by it. Note that she has not categorically denied any of the accusations hurled towards her better half.
The general statements of VP Leni does not work for me. I guess, all of us at one point in our lives, have encountered being at the receiving end of a nasty gossip and you can recall how you managed your way through it. You won’t take it sitting down especially if the accusations are not true and it involves a family member. I remember in second year high school when I pulled a “You are not a virgin anymore” prank to which my classmate/victim vehemently denied it and started crying. I ended up in my teacher’s office, by the way.
My point being is that a denial directed to the issue is definitely necessary at this point. A simple categorical denial that the accusations are not true and that the late Jessie Robredo was never involved in illegal gambling or illegal drug trade would suffice. A comment stating that they do not own condominium buildings in Quezon City would, at the least, make the issue simmer down a bit. I think that it is a necessary act on the part of VP Leni considering the gravity of the expose damaging the legacy of the late Robredo, to whom she is saying that she has not moved on yet from his untimely demise.
However, her perceived silence on the issue and the inconsistency in what she says and what she is not doing for her love of her life raises a lot of questions, more than giving out answers. So much more that it does not give her the “right” image that she has been working on since her return from the United States.
Interestingly, I find her shifts on standpoints particularly amusing. Her shifts give me an impression that she redefines her standpoint based on her convenience. She initially called for tolerance to those whom she called as social media “trolls”. It can be recalled that she reminded her followers to “Don’t mind the trolls. Let us direct all our energies to all things positive”. This tweet came out from her twitter account on December 27, 2016 (http://www.fashionpulis.com/2016/12/tweet-scoop-vp-leni-robredo-reminds.html). She further reinforces her standpoint on February 2017 stating that social media trolls are a “lost cause” in an article that came out in Inquirer.net (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/868133/i-have-no-time-for-trolls-theyre-a-lost-cause-robredo).
A month later, she then shifts her standpoint from tolerance to going to battle against these social media trolls. She now declares that this is the “perfect time” to fight those that drive “alternative facts” (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/877374/robredo-declares-war-on-online-trolls). Apparently, her shifting gears come at a convenient time when a supposedly “explosive” revelation about her is set to come out. Giving de Lima the benefit of the doubt (as if I care about her), VP Leni sought prudence from the revelations against de Lima, a fellow Liberal. Now that an expose is claiming to be setting the stage for the VP’s downfall, she then changes her stance. So don’t you think that it is rather convenient for her to declare her “war” as perfectly timed now that she is at the receiving end of the expose?
My question, why shift gears now VP Leni?
Furthermore, I remember her proudly declaring that as a democratic nation, the PRRD administration should be open to dissent. She is at the forefront of on the “fight for the right to speak dissent” (http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/24/17/robredo-fight-for-the-right-to-speak-dissent). This was on February 2017 when de Lima was arrested for her alleged involvement in the Bilibid drug trade. She refers to dissent as one of the foundations of a free country. She even declared that “democracy demands dissent” (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875972/democracy-demands-dissent-says-robredo-on-senate-shakeup).
Less than two weeks after the statement, she again shifts her stance to saying that dissent is now being abused on social media. In a recent interview with her in Cebu, she referred to social media as problem citing “Easy access to social media is being used to abuse those who are brave enough to express dissent.” (http://interaksyon.com/article/137495/watch–vp-robredo-shrugs-off-naga-leaks-article). So does this mean that VP Leni Robredo is okay to dissent if it is against the PRRD government but when she is at the receiving end of the dissent, she terms it as abusive? So her statement about the right to speak dissent as a foundation of a free country is only appropriate for her and her minions?
The VP seems to be at a loss with consistency with her statements as it shifts within a matter of weeks and, even, days depending on what is convenient for her.
The silence of the VP on the #NagaLeaks issue and her inconsistency are troubling. Again, her actions and inactions create a void that raises more questions rather than answers. Furthermore, the conflicting stance on certain issues makes one think – why the sudden shift when the #NagaLeaks came out?
The questions right now is more on the “whys” rather than the contents of the actual expose.
Why shift on your stance on dissent?
Why the deafening silence?