Vice President Leni Robredo, denying she has had any romantic ties with anyone after her husband’s death, has addressed “false information” circulating on social media against her.
In an interview posted on her Facebook page, Robredo denied a quiet but persistent claim that she planned the plane crash of her late husband and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
“[His death] was the saddest. First of all, why would I kill the person I loved the most? When my husband died, it was so hard on me and my children,” she said in Tagalog.
She added, also in Tagalog: “Why would I make myself go through that hardship? Why would I do that to my children?
“And why would I hurt the person who love me so much? When he died, we went through all the hardships. So, why would I do that? There’s no logic behind it..”
The Vice President reiterated not having any romantic relationship after her husband died.
On rumors she was dating anyone, Robredo said: “I will repeat: since my husband died, I never had a boyfriend, I don’t have one, and have no plans to have a boyfriend.”
Robredo also set the record straight on her travels, and said her family trips were covered with their savings, adding “I only travel if it’s official.”
She said: “In our family, Jesse wanted us to travel with the kids to their horizons. So we save up. My children wait for seat sales. We always travel in economy class.”
Robredo said she was debunking allegations because she realized that if she kept silent, people would believe in them.
She said: “I realized my mistake. I have been at the receiving end of fake news. My decision at first was to not dignify. I was thinking that if I spend my time on these, I will lose focus on my job.
“I was focused but I realized that if I don’t answer, people will believe it and we can’t blame them because it’s the only thing they read. Lately, I said I will fight against fake news.”