#Lenileaks: Robredo’s social media team responds to criticism of US trip by showing how to take Duterte, Bongbong down
While Vice President Leni Robredo made the rounds of areas affected by Typhoon “Nina” (Nock-ten) from Jan. 3 to 6 to make up for her decision to go to the US during the holidays, her social media team sought to mobilize keyboard warriors to attack supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The social media strategy of Robredo’s team to counter criticisms against her was revealed in an Facebook message sent on Jan. 3 by one Pete Silva to Commission on Filipinos Overseas chairperson Imelda Nicolas, sister of Filipino-American millionaire and Liberal Party supporter Loida Nicolas Lewis.
The message became public after Imelda posted it on the Global Filipino Diaspora Council Yahoo! Group since it was, until Jan. 6, accessible to anyone. It was also cross-posted on some Facebook groups supportive of Robredo.
In a nutshell, the Vice President’s social media team’s proposed response to criticism over her remark that rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-hit areas was to downplay Duterte’s efforts to help victims, attack supposed “troll influencers” who criticized Robredo’s absence when the calamity struck, and pounce on Marcos and his and his family’s reporterd shortcomings.
Silva’s message to Imelda read:
——– Forwarded message ———
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 at 12:05 AM
Subject: New message from Pete Silva
To: Imelda Nicolas
Pete Silva 11:35pm Jan 3
FROM OVP SOCMED:
Pro BBM/Duterte groups and influencers have launched simultaneous attacks on VP Leni starting 12 midnight today (Please check Maharlika, Sass, and Mr. Riyoh).
Here are some of the issues that need immediate response from our communities:
1. Late visit for the victims of Typhoon Nina + VP Leni’s “rehab is slow” statement.
-The attacks from their camp:
A. Everything she’s doing now is too late and just for a PR Spin.
B. VP Leni has no right to say the rehab is slow because she was not even there.
C. PRRD has visited way before she did.
A. VP Leni has always been on top of things. The team was mobilized even before Typhoon Nina hit. She has organized and mobilized private efforts to donate for Bicol, Marinduque, Batangas, and Mindoro.
B. She does not have the mandate and financial capacity to do this, but she has made sure that efforts are consolidated and communicated the needs of the victims to the donors.
C. The dissatisfaction with VP Leni does not come from Bikolanos. It comes from troll influencers (Mocha, Sass, Thinking Pinoy) who NEVER organized or mobilized efforts to help out the typhoon victims.
C. VP Leni cannot shoulder everything. The national government (and other agencies eg DSWD) is the one who needs to step up.
D. Rehabilitation is different from relief operations. It needs building houses, electrification, and making sure that sources of livelihood pre-typhoon are working. We need to call out the national government on this, and take the offensive against their camp for having a simplistic view of the problem.
E. Compare the Duterte and the Robredo visit in Bicol. Digong just gave a speech for the “ceremonial giving of donations”. He did not go to the far flung areas to know their concerns. He never interacted with his constituents. He went there with the media only because he needs to be seen there. VP Leni, on the other hand, visited far flung areas and met with the people. She is on ground zero.
2. The BBM Camp has released several memes to have a “show of force”. Their messaging is to make their memes viral to make it appear like more people voted for BBM as the real VP.
-Flip the memes and show unflattering pictures with controversies of BBM and use their “the real VP” narrative. (suggestions: Cocaine addict, fake diploma, did not graduate college, Sandro is stupid – not even from Oxford which they are claiming)
-Call out BBM and ask where he was during Typhoon Nina (he was in Balesin! ITO BA ANG REAL VP???).
-Use the photos of BBM supporters during the Luneta rally and/or Duterte youth during the Marcos burial rally. The messaging should be: they’re numerous online, but they never deliver the real bodies needed when the battle is offline. They are a fake and paid army.
We would also like to request you and your communities to coordinate with us whenever a new campaign is launched for them and/or against her. You are a very crucial ally in protecting the truth, democracy, and the real mandate of the people. Let us continue fighting the good fight.
——— End of Message ———
The Facebook message on the OVP’s social media team’s strategy and its subsequent dissemination in a group led by Nicolas-Lewis has fueled speculation there is indeed a plan by LP to undermine the Duterte administration and eventually remove the President from power.
Robredo has denied allegations her party is working to oust Duterte by acknowledging she and her allies were no longer as powerful as they were when under the Aquino administration.
A cached version of the Facebook message as posted on GFDC can be accessed here: https://archive.fo/F8Q1n#selection-1082.0-1171.56