Part of a series revelations about Jesse and Leni Robredo article continues from the link below.
Deception: The Shocking Truth behind Leni and Jesse Robredo Part 1
March 3, 2017
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, WHICH WE ARE PRESENTING TO YOU IN A FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE, IS ACTUALLY A COMPENDIUM OF STORIES WE GOT FROM SEVERAL TRUSTED LOCAL SOURCES WHO WISH TO KEEP THEIR IDENTITIES ANONYMOUS. IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN THE CREDIBILITY OF THEIR STORIES, WE UNDERTOOK RESEARCH AND VERIFIED THE FACTS, MINING ONLINE SOURCES WHENEVER AVAILABLE, AND DOING THE NECESSARY FACT-CHECKING ON THE GROUND. GIVEN THAT THIS EXPOSITION IS OF CONSIDERABLE LENGTH, WE DIVIDED IT INTO SEVERAL PARTS WHICH WE WILL BE PUBLISHING IN SUCCESSION. PARTS 1 AND 2 COVERS JESSE ROBREDO’S RISE TO POWER UP TO HIS UNTIMELY DEATH, WHILE PARTS 3 TO 5 FOCUSES ON THE AFTERMATH OF JESSE’S DEMISE AND LENI’S EVENTUAL POLITICAL ASCENDANCY. THIS HERE IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES.
The Shocking Truth Behind Leni and Jesse Robredo Part 1
Much has been said about Leni and Jesse Robredo. For years since Jesse’s sudden and tragic death in 2012, mainstream media has had a love affair with the man whose life can only be described as nothing short of inspiring. It cannot be argued that Leni’s phenomenal rise to power owed much to her late husband’s legacy, which was perceived and accepted by many as impeccable and beyond question. Despite being largely unknown outside of his home turf Naga, the stories we have come to hear about him after his demise captivated our hearts. After all, it is not every day that we hear of a man so unbelievably modest and unassuming that in spite of his stature, he kept his feet firmly planted on the ground – in his trademark slippers that quickly became a national symbol of his rarity. Judging from all popularly held accounts, Jesse Robredo could just as well have qualified for sainthood.
Albeit the popular myth that surrounded the Robredos, there is still much that deserves to be told to the predominantly unknowing public – things that most people are not aware of, things that may have been deliberately omitted from many accounts, secrets too damning that they could effectively alter the common perception, secrets only a Nagueño would know.
I come from Naga City – a small, relatively obscure place south of Metro Manila that had recently been branded “Robredo country.” So much that every time I ride a taxicab here in Manila and the driver would ask me where I’m from, the easiest reaction to my response would be “Ah, Robredo.” It’s as if the name is synonymous with the place, and you can only offer a silent nod to the popular consensus held about the man responsible for putting our hometown into the map. Something inside of me wanted to speak out. But nah… silence would be much more comfortable. Why waste your time bringing up the truth? It wasn’t at all easy to disagree because it felt as if you were treading on sacred ground and bashing a dead guy’s hallowed memory was tantamount to blasphemy. Hence, the safe and comfortable silence.
Then Leni became Vice-President. I felt silently enraged, knowing full well that her popularity had been built mostly on lies, and a lot of people are blind to this fact. To many Filipinos, Leni is the meek, humble widow who represented the marginalized, the oppressed and downtrodden majority who lived on the fringes of society. “Mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,” according to her political slogan. Behind her success is Jesse – whose unique brand of leadership and inspirational back story became a template for those who wished to serve and make a difference – a name that has become a franchise, thanks to a highly effective PR campaign that capitalized on our collective ignorance than on our innate wisdom to determine what is authentic and what is not. But despite all this, I still felt no urge to come out of my comfort zone. “Let it be,” Paul McCartney sang. Her position holds no value anyway. And knowing her, it’s unlikely she’ll make much out of it. So I elected to keep my mouth shut.