MANILA – Supporters flooded Vice President Leni Robredo’s Twitter account with messages of solidarity Sunday night, making the hashtag #LabanLeni trend in the Philippines, after she announced that she would be resigning from the Cabinet on Monday.
“The whole country is craving for your great service VP Leni Robredo, so please keep the faith and be strong. We’re here for you,” posted @jknnthbereached.
“To the woman whose principles have been consistent since the beginning of her campaign, I continue to stand by you,” vowed @noaverageJOElle.
“Sa huli, ang tama ang mananaig,” echoed @heycaloy.
Sharing a photo of Robredo tossing her hair behind her, Twitter user @buttinas wrote, “Flip that hair, Queen Mother! We got you!”
“We are here for you, and we will make sure that you will stay as VP. Go Mama Leni! Fight!” rallied @dekudesu2.
“We will fight with you!” @iamronjosef declared.
“We will do what we can to protect you at all costs, Ma’am. Thank you for shining your light in the darkness,” said @soyalyanna.
“Supporting you ma’am. Prayers of strength, favor and blessings be with you,” added @JenABueno.
“We are behind you all the way, our VP, regardless of where we are. Please be extra careful. God bless you!” messaged @tina_b_mendoza.
“We, the people who voted for you, have faith in you. Know that we always have your back!” @JamesFabellon assured.
Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao also took to Twitter to made her support known, saying, “VP Leni… matatag, tapat sa tungkulin, mahusay na lider, kakampi ng nasa laylayan ng lipunan (strong, faithful to her duty, an excellent leader, champion of the marginalized)… #LeniIsMyVP!”
Sen. Kiko: she deserved better
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, acting president of the LIberal Party where Robredo is a member, issued a statement saying “the Vice President should have been treated with greater respect.”
Still, the senator supported her decision and said he shared most of the VP’s position on key issues, such as opposing the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, return of the death penalty, the detention of minors along with adults, and abuse of women.
Pangilinan said the P19-billion reduction in the 2017 budget for housing will directly impact the shelter program for the poor and marginalized.
“Defend Leni, defend democracy,” he concluded.
Detractors weigh in
Robredo’s detractors had a lot to say about her decision, too.
Columnist Mocha Uson, who has been vocal about her dislike for the Vice-President on her Facebook page, wrote: “Ma’am VP Leni, kapag kami po ang nagsasabi ng maraming nang nagawa ang Presidente at ang kanyang administration, marami po ang magre-react at hihingi ng listahan ng kanyang mga nagawa. So if you believe po that you have solid achievements as HUDCC Chair, sana mabigyan niyo din po kami ng listahan kung ano ang mga ito. Para alam po namin kasi like you said, you have a mandate to serve the people; but the people deserve to know kung talagang may nagagawa para sa kanila. Also, if you really believe na wala pong dayaan na naganap last election, then wala po kayong dapat ikatakot na maalis kayo as VP (Ma’am VP Leni, when we say that the President and his administration have accomplished a lot, many will react and ask for a list of their achievements. So if you believe that you have solid achievements as HUDCC Chair, I hope you can also give us a list of what these are. So that we know, because as you said, you have a mandate to serve the people; but the people deserve to know if there is really something being done for them. Also, if you really believe that no cheating occurred in the last election, then you should not be afraid of being removed as VP)
“The next HUDCC chief has very small shoes to fill…” chimed in Uson’s fellow pro-Duterte Netizen Sass Rogando Sasot.
Many lambasted Robredo for her appearance on magazine covers, saying her achievements had been limited to getting featured in glossies.