Newspaper Expose How VP Leni Gropes for Words During Her London Visit

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One of the country’s leading newspaper, Manila Bulletin exposed on their latest article how Vice President Leni Robredo gropes for words when asked about the human rights issues in the Philippines during her speaking engagement in London.

According to Manila Bulletin writer Raymund F. Antonio, VP Leni Robredo was asked about the human rights situation in the Philippines which was linked to the government’s war on drugs.

VP Leni responded by saying that “When I say it’s real, there’s been so many roadblocks as far as the fight for human rights (in the Philippines) is concerned, and those roadblocks, we’ve not allowed them to… not allowed them to constrain us in what we’re doing,” Robredo said.

“But you know, we’ve been looking for avenues to… if you know what I mean, to be more creative. And I think the crucial thing here is that we can’t give up. We have to continue doing the pushback,” she added.

It was clearly seen during the forum that VP Leni groped for answers at first as she was mindful of the backlash her statement may cause.

Another student from the London School of Economics also asked an intriguing questions to VP Leni. The international student VP asked Robredo if “there is anything at all that the Vice President’s Office can do in order to stop the killings.”

VP Leni could not answer immediately, as she only stated that “Human rights, Uhm….., VP Leni responded, based upon the transcript, VP Leni’s initial response elicited laughter from the audience.

The Vice President admitted she “struggled with words” because she didn’t want people would “shift the focus on real issues” to her supposed ambition to replace the President.

“There has been a lot of debate on how many people have been killed. I made a statement before the UN before, which put me in a lot of hot water, just because of the number of people who have died,” she said.

“But you know, what is sad about this is that one death is one death too many, but the debate has shifted to ‘It’s not 12,000. It’s just 3,000. It’s just 3,000.’ And 3,000 deaths is 3,000 deaths too many,” the Vice President explained.

“I was a human rights lawyer for a long time and the way we’re doing things before, it seems that they are not working now. So it’s been a struggle. And the struggle is real,” she said.

Source: The Manila Bulletin

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