Aika Robredo, the daughter of the administration’s vice president bet Leni Robredo, took the cudgels for her mother who was accused of purchasing a P700,000 bed in Shangri-La Mall.
In a Facebook post, Aika expressed disbelief at a Hataw tabloid article which alleged that Robredo bought a pricey Frank Hudson Safari Bedframe at Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong.
The article written by Jerry Yap alleged that the bed manufactured by the London Bed Company was worth P700,000, crafted of mahogany wood and covered with a fake crocodile hide.
The pillow alone costs P5,000 to P10,000 each, the article alleged.
Yap questioned Robredo’s campaign slogan of helping those in the fringes of society (“nasa laylayan”) if she spent almost a million pesos just to buy a bed.
“Si Madam Leni Robredo na napabalitang bumili ng kama sa London Bed Company na nagkakahalaga ng mahigit sa P700,000 o kulang isang milyong piso?!” said Yap, the national chairman of the journalist party-list group Alab ng Mamamahayag and former president of the National Press Club.
“Ano kaya ang pakiramdam ng isang humihiga at natutulog nang mahimbing sa isang Frank Hudson Safari Bedframe?… Kaya nga ang tanong natin, iaangat ba ni Leni Robredo ang mga nasa ‘laylayan’ sa kama niyang P.7-milyon ang halaga?” Yap added.
In her Facebook post, Aika said her family had braced themselves for the black propaganda and lies that would be hurled against her mother.
Aika said Robredo’s critics would spread lies now that her mother is surging in the vice presidential surveys and gaining praises for her performance in the debates.
“Because of Mama’s rise in the surveys and because of her excellent performances in the previous debates, we were told to brace ourselves for black propaganda. I’ve read an article this morning that says we have a 700,000-peso bed, which I found hilarious because, lels, kasing mahal na ng kotse,” Aika said.
“But this wins article of the day. Siguro ‘pag wala talagang masabi sa kandidato namin, ginagawan na lang ng issue. So bring it on, mamon. We are ready,” she added.
In the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN and conducted April 5-10, 2016, Robredo was chosen by 21 percent of 4,000 respondents, down one percent from her score in the previous survey conducted March 29 to April 3.
Robredo was in a statistical tie at second place with Sen. Chiz Escudero who got 23 percent, or up two percentage points.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos still led the pack with 27 percent, or a one percent dip from the previous survey.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was chosen by 17 percent of respondents, followed by Senator Gringo Honasan with 4 percent and Senator Antonio Trillanes with 3 percent.
The survey has a margin of error of plus minus 1.5 percentage points.
In the SWS mobile survey commissioned by TV-5 and conducted April 14, 2016, Robredo led with a solo lead of 30 percent, up by five percentage points in the previous survey conducted March 30.
Marcos got 27 percent or a one point increase from the previous survey, while Sen. Escudero got 25 percent or a six point drop.
In the mobile survey, Robredo, Marcos and Escudero remain in a statistical tie.