MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo has finally addressed false information circulating on social media against her.
In an interview posted on her Facebook page, Robredo denied a claim that she planned the plane crash of her late husband and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
"Yun ang pinakamalungkot. Unang-una, bakit ko naman ipapapatay yung taong pinakamamahal ko? Nung namatay yung asawa ko sobrang hirap nung pinagdaanan ko at mga anak ko," she said.
(That was the saddest. First of all, why would I kill the person I loved the most? When my husband died, it was so hard on me and my children.)
"Bakit ko papahirapan yung sarili ko? Bakit ko yun gagawin sa mga anak ko? At bakit mo sasaktan yung taong nagmahal sayo nang lubos-lubos? Nung nawala siya, lahat ng hirap nandiyan. So bakit ko gagawin, parang walang logic."
(Why would I make myself go through that hardship? Why would I do that to my children? And why would I hurt the person who love me so much? When he died, we went through all the hardships. So, why would I do that? There's no logic behind it.)
The Vice President reiterated not having any romantic relationship after her husband died.
"Ako po uulitin ko, mula nung namatay yung asawa ko, hindi ako nagka-boyfriend, wala akong boyfriend, at wala akong kabalak-balak mag-boyfriend," she said.
(I will repeat: since my husband died, I never had a boyfriend, I don't have one, and have no plans to have a boyfriend.)
Robredo also set the record straight on her travels, and said her family trips are covered with their savings.
"Ito bumabiyahe pag official," she said.
(I only travel if it's official.)
"Sa amin sa family, buhay pa si Jess gusto niya binabiyahe naming yung mga bata para lumawak yung horizons. Kaya pinag-iipunan talaga namin yun. Yung mga anak ko alam na pag merong seat sale, naka-abang na yun. So yung mga pinupuntahan naming kung saan may seat sale at palagi kaming economy.
(In our family, Jesse wanted us to travel with the kids to their horizons. So we save up. My children wait for seat sales. We always travel in economy class.)
Robredo said she is debunking allegations because she realized that if she kept silent, people will believe in them.
"Ako narealize ko yung mistake ko. I have been at the receiving end of fake news. Yung desisyon ko nung una, do not dignify. Ang iniisip ko kasi noon kapagpinag-aksayahan ko to ng oras, mawawala yung focus ko dun sa trabaho kasi yun na lang yung aasikasuhin ko," she said.
(I realized my mistake. I have been at the receiving end of fake news. My decision at first was to not dignify. I was thinking that if I spend my time of these, I will lose focus on my job.)
"So naka-focus nga tayo, pero narealize natin na yung pagpili natin na wag sumagot, may mga tao talaga na napapaniwala at hindi natin sila masisisi. Kasi yun lang ang nakikita at nababasa nila. Kaya sabi ko lately, meron na namang lumabas talagang lalaban tayo."
(I was focused but I realized that if I don't answer, people will believe it and we can't blame them because it's the only thing they read. Lately, I said I will fight against fake news.)