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Online Protest: Stop Calling Leni Robredo Vice President


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It can be felt online especially in the President’s groups via social media and Marcos loyalists’ Facebook pages that they are tired of waiting for the Supreme Court to set the Preliminary Conference in motion so that the recount in the electoral protest agenda can start. They call on to support Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s pronouncement on not calling Robredo as Vice President because she is not the duly elected VP instead.

Youtube video by; News5Everywhere
[VIDEO]: Mahihirapan daw na maisulong ang planong impeachment laban kay VP Robredo ngayong nagsalita na si Pangulong Du30. Yan ay ayon kay Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel.

Not Duly Elected VP

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that he could not consider Robredo the country’s second highest official. Although he has no one in mind for her replacement, he wants her impeached. In radio and television interviews Alvarez did not call Robredo vice president. He said it’s because he’s not sure if she really won in the May 2016 elections.

Robredo Puts the Country into Bad Light

Alvarez clarifies his conviction that the Vice President betrayed public trust when she sent a video message to the United Nations that extrajudicial killings and human rights violations are committed in the President’s drug war. He stressed that her pronouncements put Du30 and the country in a bad light before the international community.


Protests on the Ground Planned

As a human rights lawyer, Robredo noted that the impeachment against her seems to be an attack on her freedom to dissent.  “There is nothing wrong with speaking dissent, she claims. It is our right, sometimes our burden,” she admits. But she also forgot that speaking about unconfirmed state-sponsored killings in the international community is disastrous to the economy of the nation.

Multitude of Du30-Marcos Supporters

Alvarez’s decision in not recognizing Leni Robredo as Vice President is also followed by many supporters of Bongbong Marcos and the President. However, respect is still there because he calls her Lady Robredo. This is contrary to PRRD-BBM loyalists who call her Lugaw, Fake VP, and more names that are too negative.

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