'I won't stoop down to their level': Robredo unfazed by lies, misinformation spread by Duterte allies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) — Even with some of the administration's allies and supporters seemingly "teaming up" to spread lies against her, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday that she will not stoop down to their level.

"For a very long time, pinabayaan ko ang fake news. Pero ako, hindi ako magii-stoop down sa level nila. Hindi ako mag-stoop down sa kabastusan," she said in her weekly radio show.

[Translation: For a very long time, I shrugged off all the fake news. But I will not stoop down to their level. I will not stoop down to their lack of decency.]

Without naming names, Robredo dropped hints about critics who attempted to tarnish her name with similar beliefs and tactics.

"Makikita mo naman, pare-pareho iyong mga magkakakampi, makikita mong pareho ang mga values. Magkakasama ang mga bastos, magkakasama ang mga sinungaling."

[Translation: You will see who are allies, you will see those who share similar values. Those who are rude tend to come together. Those who are dishonest tend to come together.]

The Vice President has long been fighting against fake news peddlers since taking office. Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte spent almost 30 minutes of his public address throwing tirades at Robredo, most of them backed by false claims being spewed by his allies, the latter claimed.

The President blamed Robredo for allegedly initiating criticisms that he was missing in action at the height of the recent typhoons, and claimed that she merely made calls and ordered the military to take action in rescue and relief efforts — all of which were debunked by Robredo herself. CNN Philippines also fact-checked all of these false claims here:

LIST: Robredo debunks Duterte admin's false claims on typhoon efforts

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier apologized to the Vice President after wrongfully claiming that she used a government plane when she visited typhoon-hit Catanduanes.

Robredo also defended her daughters after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque pointed to a Twitter exchange between Robredo's daughters alluding to someone who was still asleep on a Saturday morning despite the calamity. They did not name anyone.

She added that her daughters, who have always been outspoken, do not need to get into politics to get involved in public service.

"Hindi ako maga-apologize sa kanilang mga paniniwala. Kasi itong mga anak ko, lahat ito, hindi umasa sa kanilang impluwensiya o pangalan. Kung anuman ang kanilang na-accomplish, dahil iyon sa kanilang hard work."

[Translation: I will not apologize for their beliefs. Because my daughters never relied on anyone's influence or name. Whatever they have accomplished, they have done so because of their own hard work.]