Vice President Leni Robredo allegedly said that she was pressured and left with no choice but to participate in the September 21 rally against dictatorship, according to the fake news site that is trying to mimic Al Jazeera.
Once again, aljazeeranews-tv.com made up a story. This time, it paints Robredo as a government official who made an excuse as to why she joined the rally on September 21, the 45th year of the declaration of Martial Law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Robredo reportedly said that she supports President Rodrigo Duterte but felt pressured to join the protest.
“I was under pressure. I had no choice but to join the protest,” she was quoted by the fake news site.
The Vice President allegedly refused to reveal the source of the pressure.
Facebook Links search results showed that the story has been shared almost 3,000 times on Facebook.
It was also shared by some Facebook users to several Facebook groups, such as “The Most Awaiting, BBM Vice President Of Our Nation – BBM LOYALIST GROUP,” and “Isang BANSA Isang DIWA Isang GAWA (Team BBM) Sg,” among others.
A Facebook user was so angry at Robredo that she called the Vice President names. Her post also got 63 shares, as of writing.
However, Robredo did not make the statement that was quoted by aljazeeranews-tv.com.
Robredo was not forced to attend the September 21 protest. She did release a statement during the event but it was about condemning the late dictator’s declaration of martial law in 1972.
“Ang diwa ng ating patuloy na pakikipaglaban ay nakasalalay sa ating pagprotekta sa buong katotohanan ng mga nangyari sa ilalim ng batas militar at pagtiyak na hindi na muli mabibihag ang ating bayan sa mga pinagdaanang pang-aabuso,” she said.
“Ipinamalas sa atin ng ating mapait ng karanasan sa ilalim ng Diktaduryang Marcos ang kahihinatnan ng kahinaan ng loob, kawalan ng pakialam, at pananahimik sa harap ng pang-aabuso,” she added.
“Umaasa tayong hindi na pagdadaanang muli ng mga Pilipino ang madilim na kabanatang ito ng ating kasaysayan,” she said.
Robredo was seen attending the “Mass for Justice” celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at the University of Philippines DIliman on September 21 along with former President Benigno Aquino III, Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, and former presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Liberal Party members wore white shirts during the mass.