In a surprising turn of events, Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas’ running mate, Leni Robredo, is standing up for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte after recent allegations that he was harboring a smuggling ring in his hometown.
The Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo advises everybody to take serious allegations made during the campaign season with a grain of salt.
“Noong tumaas po ako sa survey, kung ano ano din lumalalabas against sa akin at lahat hindi totoo. Kaya hindi ko din po alam kung yung pag implicate sa anak ni Mayor Duterte ay may basehan.”
(When I rose in the surveys, there were all sorts of rumors going around about me, and all of them weren’t true. I’m not sure the implications against Mayor Duterte’s son have any basis.)
This happened after Perfecto Jaime Tagalog, head of the Coalition of Filipino Consumers, accused Duterte’s son Paolo and his wife January of facilitating a massive smuggling operation in Davao City. Tagalog believes their partner in crime is a son of a military colonel.
“Panahon kasi ng eleksyon kailangan mas maingat din tayo. Kung yung basehan ng kwento black propaganda o kaya chismis di dapat kahit hindi namin sila kakampi dapat kahit kami magalit dahil hindi naman po ito yung klase ng pangangampaniya na gusto natin.”
(During elections we have to be careful. If our stories are based on black propaganda or idle gossip, even if these people aren’t on our team, we should be critical about it because this is not the kind of campaigning we want.)
Robredo encouraged her team to never engage in black propaganda, even if she herself is a victim.
“Pagbigyan nating ng pagkakataon yunk anak ni Mayor Duterte na depensahan yung sarili niya.”
Robredo and Duterte are both currently at the top of voter preference surveys for their positions, but she acknowledges that the process is still far from over.
“Ako palagay ko po yung advantage ko naman kasi bago ako. Pag bago po, siyempre yung baggages konti pa … pinakaprublema namin yung awareness. So yung awareness, madali yun macure sa pagpapakilala. Yung conversion ko po mataas, so given time na nakakaikot na ako mas marami nang nakakakilala sa akin,”
(In my opinion, my advantage is that I’m new to all this. This means I don’t have much political baggage. However, we do have a problem with awareness – which is quickly cured by getting to know other people. My conversion rates have been high, probably because I’ve had time to get to know others and more people are now familiar with me.)
“Palagay ko kombinasyon din siya ng maraming bagay gaya nung huling survey, nakita po halos 11 points yung inakyat ko at mukhang to a large extent ung babasehan po natin yung mga interviews. Dahil yun nagustuhaan yung performance natin sa debate … hindi pa siya cause para magyabang tayo, hindi pa siya cause para magsaya,”
(I think these things are a combination of many factors – in the last survey, I saw an almost 11 point increase and to a large extent I based it on my interviews. Because this is the kind of performance they (the citizens) want in the debates. It’s not enough reason to be proud, it’s not enough reason to celebrate just yet.)
“17 days pa, marami nang pwedeng mangyari yung nafoforesee ko yung numero gagalaw pa ng gagalaw, very close yung laban na ito. Hindi lang po sa vice presidency pero sa presidncy po, parang its anybody’s ball game. Sa amin lang pagdasal lang na yung guidance na mapatama lang sana natin in the next 17 days.”
(We’ve still got 17 days to go, a lot can happen, I foresee the numbers moving unpredictable. This is a very close fight, not just in the vice presidency but in the presidency as well. It’s anybody’s ball game. We pray that we will continue to be on the top in the next 17 days.)
Here is the link to RG Cruz’ blog page, which contains the entirety of Robredo’s comment on this issue.