SENATOR Grace Poe’s drive for the presidency has just been given a boost by the Liberal Party’s and Malacañang’s candidate for vice-president, Madam Leni Robredo.
Mrs. Robredo lied about being blessed by the youth and student sector with their support. Yesterday she was exposed as a liar and lambasted by our country’s largest, most influential and active youth and student organizations. This is very bad for Madam Robredo but it also helps Sen. Grace Poe lose a lot of the weight of her having lied, in public documents, about the circumstances of her birth. For by being spotlighted as a liar, Mrs. Robredo has reduced the strength of that bad light from fellow female Sen. Poe and shifted the focus on herself.
Of course, male presidential candidate Digong Duterte has also been pilloried by columnists for his lies. But our subject is roses right now – not thorns, not horny heels like Duterte.
Here is the press release of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and ANAKBAYAN about Madam Leni Robredo’s mendacity. It was emailed to The Times and other media by LFS.
Youth groups slam Robredo over fake support statement
National youth groups League of Filipino Students (LFS) and ANAKBAYAN strongly condemn the Liberal Party (LP) for resorting to blatant lies and deception to prop up its failing campaign in the wake of growing public disgust with the Aquino regime and the ruling party.
In a press statement posted on its website, the campaign team of LP vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo misleadingly claims that the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA) has expressed support for Robredo’s candidacy.
The same statement also dragged the names of LFS and ANAKBAYAN, as affiliates of the SAMASA student political parties in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), in Iloilo, into this quagmire.
For the record, SAMASA, which continues to be the dominant student political party in PUP and the UPV today, denies any hand in the statement backing Robredo’s candidacy.
For its part, ANAKBAYAN and LFS will likewise never endorse the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate.
The past six years under the Liberal Party’s Noynoy Aquino has been a black era for the Filipino youth and people. Liberal Party control over government was marked by the suicides of six students, including UP freshman Kristel Tejada, because of the high cost of education with average tuition rates soaring from P30,000-50,000 in the beginning of Aquino’s term to P60,000-100,000 in 2015.
State universities and colleges suffered from annual budget cuts to force school
administrations to impose higher fees on students even as the national government became involved in massive corruption in the form of pork barrel or discretionary lump sum funds handed over to Aquino allies.
The Kidapawan massacre of hungry farmers is but the latest in the Aquino regime’s long list of human rights violations from the Lumad killings of indigenous people in Mindanao, over 300 extrajudicial killings, and the continuing imprisonment of 560 political prisoners, 136 of which are youth detainees.
All of these are on top of the Aquino regime’s criminal actions on key people’s issues and concerns from the neglect of the Yolanda victims, pushing of MRT-LRT fee hikes, allowing US military bases in Philippine soil under EDCA, and the veto of the SSS pension hike for senior citizens, among many others.
We will never endorse a vice-presidential candidate who promises the continuation of the so-called “Matuwid na Daan” and the prolongation of the Filipino people’s sufferings. We reject the Robredo campaign for serving the purpose of deodorizing the Aquino regime.
We slam the desperate move by the LP campaign to conjure popular support for its hopelessly trailing candidates by exploiting student groups for shameless politicking. Apart from this, the LP campaign has been blatantly using government resources, events, vehicles, manpower to make their bets win.
LFS and ANAKBAYAN condemn the ruling party’s use of public funds and resources to perpetuate itself in power. We call on the Filipino youth and people to repudiate the lies, machinations, and underhanded schemes of the Liberal Party to make its candidates win at all costs.
(The LFS press release had an attached photo of the fake statement of support grabbed from Madam Leni Robredo’s website: https://lenirobredo.com/natl-youth-group-bats-for-robredo-as-vp.)