Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she would push back against disinformation hurled against her, saying it was a lesson learned to be silent against "fake news."
The latest rumor she dispelled was a post alleging that she was married to a CPP-NPA member when she was 15. Robredo said it was a lie proliferating on social media since 2016, with a new version saying she abandoned her first child with her first husband.
"Marami na ako lessons in the past six years e. In the past kasi 'pag merong 'fake news' hindi namin pinapansin, thinking na to dignify parang binibigyan mo pa ng halaga pero parang mali kasi 'yun," she told reporters in a press briefing with Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando, who endorsed her candidacy.
"Ang problema lang 'pag 'di siya sinasagot head on, nagiging totoo in a sense na maraming taong naniniwala kasi hindi narinig ang boses namin. Dahil sa lessons na nakuha namin at tingin namin pagkakamali namin, ngayon 'pag may lumalabas na 'fake news' dapat talaga sagutin."
On Sunday, she also denied "fake news" in text blasts where she allegedly praised Joma Sison in a Rappler interview.
"Marami pa akong inaasahan as something as wild as this, ilalabas nila lalo na ang daming spliced videos, ang daming mga kung ano-anong sinasabi na walang basis. 'Pag 'di kasi namin ito sinagot, maraming napapaniwala e. And I think kasalanan nila ito sa napapaniwala nila."
Robredo said she had been battling disinformation since she won the vice presidential race against Bongbong Marcos Jr., from allegedly cheating in the 2016 polls to those calling her "bobo", "madumb", "kabit", "buntis", "lutang", or "lugaw."
"'Di ko na sinasagot ngayon kasi 'yung tao na ang sumasagot. Kasi kung totoo 'yun, siguro hindi naman ako ie-endorse ng maraming professional organizations kung walang paniniwala sa atin."
She believes the disinformation campaign against her would intensify as the May 9 election nears.
"Gusto n'yong pigilin ang momentum ng People’s Campaign? Try harder. O better yet: Sumali na lang kaya kayo? Ipanalo na natin ‘to," she said on Facebook.