Amid criticisms, DZRH exec says Robredo agrees to attend Feb. 2 interview
MANILA, Philippines — Amid claims by her critics that she supposedly ducked the presidential aspirants’ interview hosted by radio station DZRH, Vice President Leni Robredo will be appearing in the forum on February 2 according to an official of the network.
In a tweet on Monday, Manila Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) vice president and DZRH Nationwide station manager Cesar Chavez said that members of Robredo’s media team confirmed to them that the Vice President would be attending the interview at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. of that day.
“Confirmed! Haharap po si VP @lenirobredo sa ‘Bakit Ikaw’ presidential job interview ng DZRH at Manila Times sa Feb 2, 4-6:30pm, ayon sa pahayag ngayong umaga ni Paolo Espiritu ang kanyang MRO (media relations officer),” Chavez said.
(Confirmed! VP Leni Robredo would appear in the ‘Bakit Ikaw’ presidential job interview of DZRH and the Manila Times on Feb 2, 4-6:30pm, according to a statement from his MRO.)
“Salamat po VP Leni (Thank you, VP Leni),” he added.
This came after Robredo, late Sunday night, expressed willingness to join the interview, noting that she was unable to confirm her attendance because the original schedule of the interview was moved, and the new schedule had conflicted with her earlier commitments.
“Ang totoo: I was invited to an interview with DZRH, initially set earlier this month. Ipapasok na sana sa schedule ko, but we were later told it was moved. Yung bagong sched nila was already in conflict with ours, as I had other commitments lined up,” Robredo said in a tweet.
(The truth is I was invited to an interview with DZRH, initially set earlier this month. We would have placed it in my schedule, but we were later told it was moved. Their new sched was already in conflict with ours, as I had other commitments lined up.)
“Actually puwede ako next week. Kung willing sila to adjust, iset na natin. Handa naman ako lagi humarap,” she added.
(Actually I can attend next week. If they are willing to adjust, we can set it. I am always ready for talks.)
Actually puwede ako next week. Kung willing sila to adjust, iset na natin. Handa naman ako lagi humarap😊 https://t.co/ihtwqGbbixADVERTISEMENT
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) January 23, 2022
Chavez also clarified that the original schedule — from January 4 to 14 — was scrapped because most of their personnel contracted COVID-19, or during the early part of the recent surge in infections.
Bakit inurong ang original scheduled airing ng #BakitIkaw na dapat ay mula January 4 to 14?
Halos lahat ng TV technician, cameraman, at News Center personnel ay nagka-COVID first 2 weeks ng January. 27 po sila.
Pero sila Sen Lacson at Ex-Sen Marcos lang po ang confirmed noon.
— Cesar Chavez (@sarchavez) January 24, 2022
Robredo’s attendance ends speculations made by her critics that she is avoiding a live interview, with the hashtag #LeniDuwag trending over Twitter since Sunday night. The trend supposedly started after some netizens slammed her supporters for picking on former senator Bongbong Marcos who did not attend the presidential aspirant interviews hosted by GMA-7.
According to the netizens, most of which are supporters of Marcos, it is ironic that Robredo’s supporters call out Marcos for not attending, while she is also skipping the DZRH interview.
Marcos: Hindi aattend kasi hindi live.
Robredo: Hindi aattend kasi live.
— 🌻 (@MissHugotera) January 24, 2022
Marcos supporters based it on a post from political science Professor Antonio Contreras, who noted that Robredo declined an interview request from DZRH.
Contreras is one of the panelists of the DZRH forum that it would host with The Manila Times.
“Ano kaya ang sasabihin ng mga supporters ni Leni kung siya naman ang umabsent at tumangging magpa-interview ng one-on-one live,” he said on a Facebook post on Sunday.
In a later post, Contreras also disputed Robredo’s supporters who claimed that she was maligning Robredo by saying that the Vice President was not attending the forum.
“I was careful and I did not want to create a problem by providing critics of Leni Robredo anything they can use against her. It is only yesterday when I posted with the names of the panelists and attendees. And all I did was to state a fact in three words: Leni Robredo declined. No more, no less,” he explained.
“It is therefore a lie for people to say that I maliciously maligned Leni Robredo, because what I did was simply to state a fact,” he added.
Ano kaya ang sasabihin ng mga supporters ni Leni kung siya naman ang umabsent at tumangging magpa-interview ng one-on-one live.
Robredo and Marcos appear headed for another showdown, which is reminiscent of their vice presidential battle in 2016.
Both are frontrunners in the 2022 presidential polls, according to latest surveys: last December, Pulse Asia said that if elections were held from December 1 to 6, Marcos would lead, garnering 53 percent of the votes while Robredo would be a far second with 20 percent of the respondents picking her.
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