MANILA - After launching a radio show, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday the inconvenience of having naysayers was small compared to the public service she hopes to deliver through the program.
"Sa akin, yung bashing, very minor yan compared to the benefits na magagawa niya...Ito lang ay isang attempt para mas ma-reach pa yung ordinaryong mamamayan," she told reporters at Davao City, noting that plans have long been underway for the show's launch.
(For me, the bashing is very minor compared to the benefits that it can bring. This is an attempt to further reach ordinary citizens.)
Robredo co-anchored "BISErbisyong LENI" with Ely Saludar on RMN-DZXL 558 kHz on Sunday as they tackled public service topics. Robredo, a lawyer by profession, will offer legal advice when needed during the hour-long weekly program, according to her office's announcement.
She maintained, her radio program was not launched in an effort to lift her declining trust and performance ratings.
"Ay hindi, nauna pa ito. Matagal na siyang ginagawa, pinlano lang na i-launch nung Sunday dahil Mother's Day," she said.
(No, this came first. We've long had been working on this, and planned only to launch it on Sunday because it was Mother's Day.)
She said her office's Angat Buhay program, which has a "six-point anti-poverty agenda" was yet to reach many unorganized groups.
She reported that the program received "substantial" participation for its pilot episode, but that she aims to accommodate more problems in its succeeding episodes.
Robredo was mum whether or not the program will last for a year, saying only that it was simply a try at how effective they can reach out.