A millennial who served as one of the speechwriters of the late former President Benigno Aquino III has gone into a public relations overdrive for Vice President Leni Robredo, going so far as to claim that she will be a better president than his boss even if she’s not yet in Malacañang.
In a blog entry titled, “Leni Robredo is not the same as PNoy. She is better than him,” Ateneo-educated Gian Lao said Robredo would be a better president than Aquino because she wasn’t born into a wealthy family and has empathy.
“I see in Leni Robredo the traits that could have enhanced the Aquino Presidency—not just effective, but warm; not just intelligent, but down-to-earth. She embraces complete strangers, laughs and cries with them, and understands—truly—that they are equals. PNoy would earnestly prescribe solutions to his people because he felt like he knew better; but it is the people who would offer solutions to Leni, because she knows that they know best,” he said.
Lao’s bold claim has been criticized by government officials who served under Aquino, who found it in bad taste, particularly since the late former President passed away less than a year ago.
Former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda tweeted: “found it unfortunate that @giancantdance raised up Leni at PNoy’s expense. It was unfair because the circumstances that shaped both individuals were far different. Sa tingin ko, di kailangan banatan ang dati nating boss para iangat si Leni.”
Lacierda’s deputy, Abigail Valte, agreed: “Hindi kinailangan yung ganito. Nalaglag sa patibong na nilatag para patuloy na bakbakan si 75. Nakatayo si VP Leni sa sarili niyang paa — at sa tingin ko hindi rin niya gugustuhing umangat bilang lider kung ang tatayuan niya ang paninira sa iba.”
Former Communications Undersecretary Rey Marfil said it’s foul to bring up a person’s shortcomings to elevate another politiko—especially when the latter is already dead.
“Respeto lang Gian. Ikampanya nyo kahit si Pontio Pilato pero wag nyo gamitin ang isang kaibigan at dating Boss natin na pinaglingkuran mo din para i-angat ang KANDIDATA na gusto nyo—na alam mo walang perpektong tao kahit pa Perpekto ang pangalan nito. Wag ganun,” he tweeted.
Former Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said it remains to be seen whether Robredo will become president, since she’s lagging behind in second place to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in voter preference surveys.
“But we are still waiting for the next step needed in 86 as in 22: though it may be technology and its empowering effects tied to age-old virtues, will provide the means to make this organized, lasting, both deep and wide and maybe, at long last, not ningas-cogon,” he said.