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Robredo: Rumors on pregnancy insult women

12:32 AM November 22, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

Vice President Leni Robredo INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday scored the false news being spread that the country’s second highest official was pregnant, saying that the “demolition campaign has begun.”

Who is behind it is the question, Georgina Hernandez, Robredo’s spokesperson, said in a statement.

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“We been warned about these well-funded and well-orchestrated attacks to malign the Vice President. The demolition campaign has begun. And the next logical question is: who is behind it,” Hernandez said.

False news

The Office of the Vice President has “complete trust in the Filipino’s ability to discern fact from fiction and steer clear of false news. Websites that masquerade as news sources have been fabricating these rumors, which are then spread by troll armies,” she said.

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“We thank everyone for their constant vigilance against the rumors being touted as truth on social media,” Hernandez said.

The Vice President herself told reporters that the false news being spread that she was pregnant would sound funny if it were not an insult to women.

“It’s funny but at the same time, it is an insult to all of us women,” Robredo told reporters.

On Monday morning, fake news websites carried stories that Robredo was pregnant.

The 52-year-old Vice President is the widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. They have three daughters.

She surmised that the pregnancy rumor appeared to be the continuation of an earlier rumor that she was romantically involved with a Quezon City lawmaker.

Sinister schemes

Even President Duterte helped spread the rumor, mentioning it in a speech in Tacloban City commemorating the third anniversary of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” where Robredo was seated on stage.

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The Vice President shook her head to say “no” when Mr. Duterte asked her if the rumor was true, and if it were, “a congressman might end up dead.”

The Vice President added that sinister schemes to oust her from office would be tantamount to “disregarding the integrity of institutions.”

Robredo was guest of honor on Monday at the 9th Congress of Pakisama, a national organization of farmers and fisherfolk, in Quezon City.

“It is frightening because it would be like disregarding the integrity of our institutions,” Robredo said.—Nikko Dizon

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