As expected, supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo are dismissing the recent charges of sedition against her as mere “harassment”. A group called “Team Philippines” are even mounting a petition to the Department of Justice to drop the charges.
It seems these people feel sorry for Robredo because she looks like a damsel in distress or they want her to be given special treatment because she is a woman. This is not good for advocates of gender equality. They should be reminded of the persecution former Vice President Jejomar Binay experienced.
Indeed, one of the biggest sins of Leni and the Opposition is being too loyal to the members of the Philippine oligarchy instead of to the people. They prioritise their own interests, not the public’s.
Nonetheless, Robredo does not need protection because the law is there to protect innocent people. If there is no proof against her, the case will not even reach the court and will be dismissed. But unfortunately for her, if the prosecutors prove that she was part of the group who employed Bikoy then she needs to pay the price of her offenses and go to jail.
It seems Senator Kiko Pangilinan misses the whole point about what the Law is all about. In a recent tweet, Pangilinan argues that the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should desist from pursuing sedition charges against his pals because they already lost the elections!
Here is the tweet translated to English…
“The  elections are already finished. You [administration bets] already won big time, right? So why go after and try to jail us [in the Opposition] who did not succeed in that election as well as those who supported us? Even priests and bishops involved were not cut a bit of slack.”
Seriously Senator Pangilinan? An officer of the law — a legislator, no less — appealing to the government for exemption from the teeth of the law because the accused lost an election?
Pangilinan should be setting a better example to his countrymen. He should turn his back to these old nefarious habits that had made Filipinos renowned for being laid back about law enforcement. He should respect the law and not try to work around it by using such superfluous appeals.
Yellows like Leni Robredo are creating a national issue over something trivial. In fact, they even want to create a diplomatic row with China over the bad behaviour of a Chinese tourist who acted on her own. Throwing taho is not part of Chinese government policy. Leni Robredo & Co make it look like it is.
According to a Manila Bulletin report Robredo even insisted that “the Chinese woman who threw a soybean curd drink was ‘disrespectful’ not only to the police officer, but also to the country.”
Leni is an embarrassment to the world. What a shame Filipinos have to suffer because she can’t keep her mouth shut. Now the Chinese ambassador had to issue a statement it was an isolated incident. But of course! Leni and her supporters just saw an opportunity to play victim.
“All Chinese here in the Philippines should abide by local regulations and laws,” Jianhua said in a text message.
He added that the incident was an isolated case and “should be treated as such.”
Filipinos will have to learn to isolate core issues and regard them in proper perspective. This incident has shown that they cannot rely on so-called “thought leaders” like Opposition leader and presumptive “vice president” Leni Robredo for wisdom in times of confusion. As is evident now, Robredo misguided Filipinos and incited xenophobia rather than encourage circumspection.
Leni clearly doesn’t have any diplomatic skills. She’s only using every opportunity to get back at the Duterte govt. She’s a disgrace!