Leni Robredo trends as netizens look for her during #KardingPH

Philippine presidential candidate Leni Robredo speaks during her thanksgiving rally following the national elections, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 13, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Lisa Marie David)
Philippine presidential candidate Leni Robredo speaks during her thanksgiving rally following the national elections, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 13, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Lisa Marie David)

Former Vice President Leni Robredo began trending on Twitter amid the onslaught of Typhoon Karding after pro-administration Twitter users and her supporters asked where she was and what she, and her non-government organization Angat Buhay, were doing to respond to the calamity.

Jam Magno, who initially supported Robredo’s candidacy in 2016 but later became one of her fiercest critics, said that the former vice president was all talk but no action.

Nakalabas na yung bagyo wala parin si Leni on the ground, akala ko ba lagi siyang nauuna on the ground? Yan ang lider ng mga Kakampanget puro salita, puro tweet, puro coordinate, walang action kaya ayaw sa kanya ng mga tao,” Magno said.

(The typhoon has already left the country and yet, Leni is still not on the ground. I thought she was the one who always comes first? That’s the leader of Kakampinks, all talk, all tweets, all coordinate, but without action that’s why people don’t like her.)

Another user remarked, “Humina na ang bagyong Karding pero si Leni, nasaan?”

But supporters of Robredo, who lost the 2022 elections to now President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., were quick to jump to her defense. They claimed that Robredo is still the first person that comes to mind for her critics, even though she is already a private citizen and no longer in government.

"The fact that there are people who actually says 'Nasaan si Leni' instead of looking for the president we were all doomed to look up to is actually so confusing. Why are they looking for someone who’s not part of the government now?" said one user.

Kung makapaghanap kayo ng #nasaansiLeni aba e para kayong naghanap ng private citizen na tutulong sa inyo. Take note private citizen siya. Binigyan kayo ng chance para yung relief operation sana e malaki. Para at least may sense yung kuda na paghahanap niyo kung naluklok siya,” another user said.

(You all look for Leni [Robredo] like you’re looking for a private citizen to help you. Take note, she’s already a private citizen. You were given the chance to improve the relief operation [by electing her]. So that your queries about where she is at least made sense.)

Robredo, through the Angat Buhay Foundation, has already been coordinating with local volunteers in the affected areas. The group is waiting for updates from local government units to begin relief efforts.

"Patuloy ang @angatbuhay_ph sa pagmo-monitor ng mga lugar na maaapektuhan, at handa tayong tumulong kung saan kailangan. Maraming salamat rin sa ating volunteers na naka-standby na para sa relief efforts. #KardingPH," she tweeted.

([Angat Buhay Foundation] continues to monitor the areas affected by the typhoon, and we are ready to provide help where it is needed. We like to thank our volunteers who are standing by to do relief efforts. #KardingPH)

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