Vice President Leni Robredo has denied the fake news that she would be resigning if Otso Diretso bets fail to make it in the winning circle of the senatorial elections.
On Wednesday (May 15, 2019), Robredo posted a screenshot of a fake quote credited to her, which said: “If no one among the Otso Diretso will win the election, I will step down as Vice President.”
“Let’s continue fighting fake news,” she wrote as her caption, also putting an emoji of the Philippine flag in it.
In a separate tweet, she said, “Not true,” and called on users to “report peddlers of fake news.”
Not true. Let’s continue fighting disinformation. Report peddlers of fake news. 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/0iMFNnqRZu
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) May 15, 2019
The disinformation continues to circulate on social media, as partial and unofficial results for the senatorial race show that none of the Otso Diretso bets made it in the winning circle. The closest, Sen. Bam Aquino, is in 14th place as of this writing.
Robredo, chairperson of the Liberal Party, was one of the most active figures who campaigned for the slate of eight senatorial candidates, which included Aquino, former senator Mar Roxas, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former congressman Erin Tañada, former solicitor general Pilo Hilbay, former ARMM assemblywoman Samira Gutoc, and veteran lawyers Romy Macalintal and Chel Diokno.
During the campaign, the Vice President painstakingly went around the country to introduce the candidates in between her official engagements. She said she was vouching for Otso Diretso because of their competence, integrity, and honesty in public service.