ELECTIONS 2022: Leni Robredo denies 'elitist' tag, says projects are for the poor

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In this photo taken on April 23, 2022, Philippine Vice President and opposition presidential candidate Leni Robredo greets supporters during a campaign rally coinciding with her birthday in Pasay, suburban Manila.  / AFP / Ted ALJIBE
In this photo taken on April 23, 2022, Philippine Vice President and opposition presidential candidate Leni Robredo greets supporters during a campaign rally coinciding with her birthday in Pasay, suburban Manila. / AFP / Ted ALJIBE

Vice President Leni Robredo is again denying accusations of being "elitist", claiming that her programs have been geared at helping the masses, according to Inquirer.

“Study our project, though you’ve been shown fake news. The fake news is that we are too elitist," said Robredo as she addressed a rally in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on Monday (April 25).

She added, “But what’s the basis of us being called too elitist? Look at our lifestyle, our very simple lifestyle. Look at our projects. All of our projects are for the poor. So there’s no basis for calling us elitist.”

The Vice President listed some projects of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), including the anti-poverty program Angat Buhay and the COVID-19 response project that helped a women’s group in Nueva Ecija make personal protective equipment which the OVP bought for medical frontliners

Robredo also promised that if elected, she would push more funds for the agriculture sector to ensure that farmers’ produce, like those from Nueva Ecija, would remain competitive against lower-priced imported goods.

“The government will be the one to approach people. The people will not find it hard to get noticed by the government because we ourselves will be the ones to come here to listen to all of you. And this is what we — Senator Kiko [Francis Pangilinan] and I — promise you — a sincere government."

Robredo and her Liberal Party (LP) have pushed back against the elitist label for years. In the current presidential campaign, individuals in her camp have been accused of distancing themselves from supporters of other candidates, often belittling them in social media discussions.

According to media analytics firm Isentia, some voters even refrained from talking with Robredo supporters because of their elitist vibe.

Last Friday, fellow presidential contender and Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso claimed that the bullying of the Robredo camp was out of line.

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