Robredo camp refutes alleged bribery of supporters, warns purveyors of fake news
MANILA, Philippines — Fake news purveyors must be taught a lesson, Vice President Leni Robredo’s spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said on Sunday, denying alleged bribery of volunteers and supporters.
During the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL Sunday morning, Gutierrez shared that social media posts claiming that Robredo bribed volunteers to support her, are fake.
“Una, talagang fake na fake ‘yung mga lumalabas na kwento-kwento, ‘yung mga lumalabas na picture. Naku naman, ang dali naman kumuha ng picture ‘di ba? Kumuha ka ng sticker kabit mo sa pera picture-an mo tas kung ano-ano nang kwento ang pwede mo i-imbento,” Gutierrez lamented.
(First, stories and photos [of alleged bribing] are fake. It is so easy to get a photo, right? Get a sticker, capture it together with money, and start making stories.)
“So, mukhang umabot na tayo sa punto na kailangan nang turuan ng leksyon itong mga gumagawa ng mga ganitong klaseng mga kwento-kwento,” he said, adding that a volunteer group, Lawyers for Leni, said that they will file cases against those spreading fake news.
(It seems that we reach a point that fake news purveyors must be taught a lesson.)
Gutierrez shared that one individual, who accused a volunteer of receiving bribes, apologized after his/her post was reported to lawyers.
“Nakita ko nga nung isang linggo, mayroon nang nag-sorry. Kasi nung nag-post siya sinabi niya, ‘naku, bayaran ‘yan. Parang hindi totoong volunteer ‘yan.’ Nung biglang na-report ‘yung kanyang post do’n sa mga abogado ay biglang nag-apologize,” the spokesman said.
(Last week, someone apologized. He/she posted and said, “the volunteer is paid. He/she is not a real volunteer. When his/her post was reported to lawyers, he/she apologized.)
Further, Gutierrez noted that the truth is Robredo has had a surge of supporters from different walks of life since she declared her presidential bid on October 7.
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