The Claim: A blogger and teacher claimed that VP Robredo’s campaign is backed by oligarchs and the VP is not supportive of President Duterte.
The Facts: VP Robredo’s campaign is driven by volunteers and civil society groups across the Philippines. VP Robredo, despite being a critic of some of President Duterte’s programs, is supportive of the President. She accepted a leadership position in HUDCC in 2016 and in ICAD in 2019.
Why we fact-checked this: The Facebook post has 170K reactions, 4.5K comments, and 159K shares at the time of writing.
The Details: A viral Facebook post by Nemevie Reniva-Gallarde on March 26, 2022 states why Vice President Leni Robredo is not fit for the presidency.
In the said Facebook post, Reniva-Gallarde failed to mention any legitimate proof that oligarchs back Robredo’s candidacy for the presidency. The Vice President’s campaign is fueled by different volunteer, youth, sectoral, and political groups expressing support for Robredo [https://mb.com.ph/…/peoples-campaign-for-robredo-will…/
Back in 2016, President Duterte offered the Vice President a top position in the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council but was ordered by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. to desist her from attending Cabinet meetings starting December 5, 2016. [https://hudcc.gov.ph/AppointsVPAsHUDCCChair
On November 4, 2019, Duterte appointed Robredo to be a co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) but she was fired 19 days after. Robredo stated that the ICAD could have been more efficient had Duterte had its full support of ICAD’s mandate and recommendations. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Si_gBUnJH8
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