Robredo hopes Supreme Court would be unbiased
By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – Vice President Leni Robredo said while the electoral complaint filed against her can go either way, she hoped the Supreme Court would be unbiased on its decision.
“If based on merits, we are sure we will win,” Robredo told reporters during the launching of her Angat Buhay program in barangay Carael here on Saturday.
Robredo faces an electoral fraud case filed by losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos.
She said when the Supreme Court favored to have deposed President Ferdinand Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, many of her supporters feared that the decision would be a precursor of on the case against her.
“But we are doing everything to defend ourselves. We saw that a lot of evidence presented (by Marcos camp) were not true,” she said.
In a speech at the Ateneo de Manila, she said the university’s vice president is a VP who won’t be removed by the Supreme Court.
“Hugot yon dahil sa decision ng Supreme Court tungkol sa paglibing kay Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” she said.
But she said she will continue to work on anti-poverty programs.
Robredo launched three programs which are supported by private companies – feeding program for schoolchildren with support from the Innerwheel club of the Philippines, giving storybooks to the schools (Canvass Ph) and medical program for senior citizens with Seaoil Corporation Foundation.
She said the programs were started when she was congressman of the Camarines Sur, and that she was implementing it nationwide with the support of private businesses.
“The Office of the Vice President does not have funding, so we asked the private companies to help us, and they willingly obliged,” she said.
Robredo recalled that on October 10, she called for a conference among 50 local government units, including Dagupan City, to discuss programs and projects to be implemented under the Angat Buhay program. The 50 LGUs are the pilot areas for the program.
Under the Angat Buhay program, Mayor Belen Fernandez asked for 17 projects, which the companies pledged to give. Three of them were launched in Dagupan during her visit.
She said when she was a congressman, she found out that senior citizens lacked the money to buy maintenance medicines.
It was the Seaoil foundation which helped in “profiling” each senior citizen to know their medical needs, and based on which she asked the Department of Health to provide the medicines.
Another program she implemented there was the Senior Citizens Wellness Program which provide theraphy for those suffering from arthritis or had stroke.
The projects, she said, would also be implemented in the 50 LGUs.
Robredo said while Dagupan was not as poor as the other LGUs, it was selected as one of the pilot areas because of the support shown by Mayor Fernandez to the program. ‘
Her visit to the city was her first, after she was elected as vice president last May.
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