President Rodrigo Duterte did not invite Vice President Leni Robredo to the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner on November 12, which led some blogs to claim that she cried over being snubbed.
While the story was also carried by other blogs such as abs.altervista.org, which only started posting on November 9, 2017, and by philippine37tv.blogspot.com, which also seemed to be quote new, we found out that it was also published by Okd2.com on November 12. If you’ve been following our page for a while now, you’d know that Okd2 and its stories cannot be trusted since the website has passed off many of their stories as “satire.”
True enough, this new story about Robredo crying over being snubbed from the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner was published under “Humor & Satire.”
Okd2 made up a story about how Robredo fell sick after crying on November 11 over not being invited to the event. With teary eyes, she allegedly refused reporters on November 10 and went home.
We could not find reports about Robredo’s alleged adverse reaction over being snubbed by Duterte and given its satirical nature, this is likely another made-up story from Okd2.
But the satire category that Okd2 bestowed upon the story did not stop some Facebook pages and individual users from sharing it online. Aside from Okd2’s page, other pages also shared the story, including “BBM The Nation Builder for Vice President 2016,” “Budoy News,” “Duterte’s Warriors Upgrade.” Some netizens posted it on Facebook groups such as “Marcos Loyalist” and “TEAM DUTERTE FOR FEDERALISM,” among others.
Okd2 has published a lot of false stories about Robredo before. It claimed that she filed a case against a Lugaw Queen franchise, that former President Erap Estrada gave her a 2/10 rating for her first 100 days, that the late Senator Miriam Santiago’s last words to Duterte were about not trusting Robredo, and more fake stories.
Moreover, this is not the first event that Robredo was not invited to by the Duterte administration. She was invited on December 28, 2016 then disinvited to Duterte’s Vin d’honneur on January 4, 2017 due to a “limited guest list.” She also turned down the invitation from the Department of Tourism to the Miss Universe coronation on January 30 because she was only informed of the invitation on January 27. Malacañang also failed to invite her to the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) meeting on August 29.
We tried to get a sense of what Robredo did on the days cited in Okd2’s story. On November 10, her official Facebook page “VP Leni Robredo” posted about her visit to Bangkok, Thailand, where she received a “warm welcome” from the Philippine Embassy and members of the Filipino community. She also said that she took the chance to present her Angat Buhay and Istorya ng Pag-asa programs.
On November 12, her official Facebook page posted the video of Episode 27 of her DZXL radio program “BISErbisyong LENI.”
While Robredo was not present during the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner, her office confirmed her attendance at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on November 13. She will also serve as the keynote speaker at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit at Solaire Resort in Pasay City on November 14.