MILITANT youth group Anakbayan on Friday warned Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo against allowing traditional politicians or “trapos” to use her to advance their selfish interests.
Anakbayan expressed concern that Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd will only use the “Robredo brand” to boost his and the Aquino administration’s poor image.
“We are appealing to Rep. Leni Robredo not to squander the good name she has built for herself by siding with an administration noted for DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program] and pork barrel, budget cuts for state universities, the Mamasapano carnage, MRT-LRT [Metro Rail Transit-Light Rail Transit] breakdown, neglect of Yolanda victims, among others,” Vencer Crisostomo, the group’s national chairman, said.
A recent scandal that links Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino to an allegedly lewd dance performance in a local LP event should also make Robredo think twice about the kind of company she is joining, Crisostomo added.
The youth group said Robredo should be wary of the Roxas camp’s appetite for backstabbing and dirty politics by recalling how it has been wooing top presidential contender Grace Poe to be Roxas’ running mate up until her announcement of her own bid.
“Traditional politicians like Roxas are like serpents in a snake pit. They will try to seduce you if they can calculate any profit and suddenly bite you if you don’t bow to their vested interests. Sayang talaga [It is really a waste] if trapos like Roxas will just take advantage of you,” Crisostomo said.
The youth group also urged Robredo to not tarnish the legacy of his late husband, saying the Roxas camp’s growing desperation to shore up its uninspiring performance is pushing it to feed on the reformist reputation of her late husband, Jesse Robredo.