Robredo on Online Hate: Internet Trolls Don’t Affect Me


If internet trolls were hoping to earn their wages by trying to anger Vice President Leni Robredo and get her to take their bait, they would end up frustrated.

In the face of relentless attacks online, Robredo said on Saturday she was simply ignoring the inflammatory comments, especially now that she has declared her presidential bid.

Asked about the subject in Labo town Camarines Norte by local media after attending a private event attended by local politicians supporting her candidacy, Robredo said she had no time to deal with such provocations.

“Kanina kausap ko ang mga bet. The tanong papa’no ka naaapektuhan. Parating sagot ko lugi nga akin ang trolls kasi hindi ako naaapektuhan. Kita niyo naman over the past 5 and a half years kung ano-ano ‘yung paratang sa akin pero hindi ko lahat pinansin, ”said Robredo.

(I was talking to priests some time ago who asked me how affected I was. I always say, “Trolls don’t get their money’s worth,” because I’m unaffected. Look. the last 5 and a half years. So a lot of things were thrown at me but I ignored them.)

Meanwhile, Robredo said she didn’t bother to assess other presidential contenders after being asked who she believes was the strongest candidate in the 2022 election.

“Dahil late na ako nag-decide, marami ako hahabulin kaya wala talaga akong panahon tumingin sa iba. Pero magde-decide kasi nyan taumbayan, kahit nu’ng tumakbo ako his vice-presidency ganyan naman. Lalo ngayon hindi pa kampanya. Focus on the ginagawa, ”said Robredo.

(Since my decision came late, I have a lot of catching up to do, so I don’t really have time to watch what everyone else is doing. But the nation will decide who’s stronger. Even when I ran for VP, I just focused on what I’m doing.)

Robredo also stressed the importance of good governance from national governments to local governments.

“‘Pag sinabi ko na mahalaga akin’ yung walang pulitika, pantay-pantay na pagtingin pinakita ko ito sahat ng paninilbihan ko at panunungkulan, mula noong ako is congressman hanggang ako ay maging vice president, kahit ikoong na lupaganalui hindi, kinakailangan ng tulong, tumutulong kami, ”said Robredo.

(When I say that I don’t want to politicize issues, that people should be treated fairly, I have shown that in the way I have served the people, from when I was a member of Congress until that I became vice president. Even in areas I lost, if they needed my help, I was ready.)

Robredo also stressed the importance of setting up “popular councils” similar to what was done by her late husband, Jesse Robredo, in Naga City.

“Son pagpaplano, dapat pinapakinggan the paniniwala ko on the panahon, the best solusyon doon on sektor na apektado,” Robredo said.

(When it comes to planning, the best solution is that offered by the sector concerned.)

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