By Juana Adlaw
Fact-Check: Mrs. Leni Robredo to Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.: “Sa puntong ito, isang kandidato na lang ang hindi pa humaharap sa taumbayan sa isang debate kasama ang lahat ng ibang kandidato.”
On April 29, 2022, 10 days down to the elections, Liberal Party’s (LP) chair and presidential candidate, Mrs. Robredo, raised a dare for presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos to have a one-on-one debate with her.
In her invitation statement, she declared that Bongbong Marcos is the only candidate who has not stood in front of the Filipinos in a debate with other candidates.
Rating: Fake news!
We don’t know where Mrs. Robredo is getting her twisted facts from. Apparently, her camp’s demoralization has become a way of life not only for the yellow supporters but for the very presidential candidate herself.
Playing blind to the results of all the methodological national surveys may have distorted Mrs. Robredo’s perspective, thus her lack of firm grip on actual events, showing us just how narrow her view of reality is. To ease her agony of doing a thorough check, the Maharlika TV Fact-Check will lay it out for her and for our readers.
Number 1: In her dare to invite BBM to a one-on-one debate, Mrs. Robredo said, “Nagpasya akong hindi muna paunlakan ang imbitasyon ng COMELEC at KBP, para makapiling ang mga volunteers natin na nag-aabono, nag-aambagan, at nagbubuhos ng oras at pagod para makasama tayo.”
Declining a Comelec debate to issue a challenge to a presidential frontrunner instead, contradicts her reason why she refused to attend the Comelec debate in the first place.
Number 2: Referring to BBM, Mrs. Robredo also said in the same statement, “Sa puntong ito, isang kandidato na lang ang hindi pa humaharap sa taumbayan sa isang debate kasama ang lahat ng ibang kandidato.”
Apart from the massive caravans and rallies where endearing supporters flocked to join the UniTeam BBM-Sara, BBM also appeared in several interviews, not to mention, the nerve-wracking interview with political experts in the SMNI News “The Deep Probe.”
Here is a list of interviews and debates Bongbong Marcos has attended since the start of the election campaign period:
January 25, 2022: DZRH News Television: https://youtu.be/PmIw5Tdysws
January 25, 2022: The Boy Abunda Talk Channel: https://youtu.be/wFD0CwgfMwQ
February 7, 2022: Rated Korina “Upuan ng Katotohanan” Part 1 with BBM: https://youtu.be/BTjJWQATWf0
February 7, 2022: Rated Korina “Upuan ng Katotohanan” Part 2 with BBM: https://youtu.be/8IGkkcPsyb8
February 15, 2022: SMNI News: https://youtu.be/n5JH5ntZr8s
March 26, 2022: SMNI News “The Deep Probe”: https://youtu.be/Abulr3HZz1w
April 26, 2022: CNN Philippines: https://youtu.be/dyqqx67rwAk
BBM interviews with online personalities:
January 24, 2022: Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan with 404,000 followers sits down with BBM for an interview: https://fb.watch/cHvXCyZFuO/
January 25, 2022: Thinking Pinoy with 2 million followers on his Facebook account and around 273,000 on YouTube interviews Bongbong Marcos: https://youtu.be/3ufN9tZijkc
BBM along with his vice-presidential tandem in different parts of the country in front of the Filipino people:
Number 3: In her ending statement, Mrs. Robredo said, “Inaanyayahan ko si Ginoong Bongbong Marcos na makipagdebate, para mabigyan ang taumbayan ng pagkakataong makaharap siya at matanong tungkol sa mga kontrobersiyang pumapalibot sa kanya. We owe it to the people and to our country. Kung papayag po kayo, anytime, anywhere, darating ako.”
With that, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Chief of Staff and spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos has responded:
“Nauunawaan ko ang kabiguang nararamdaman ni Ginang Robredo na makaharap sa isang pagtatalo at bangayan si presidential frontrunner na si Bongbong Marcos.
Maaari po na silang dalawa, na parehong naghahangad na maging pangulo ng republika, ay magkaiba ng paniniwala hinggil sa pamamaraan ng pakikipagtalastasan sa mamamayan.
Positibong pangangampanya at walang paninira ang gabay ng UniTeam ni Bongbong Marcos. At derecho sa taumbayan ang mga mensahe nito at ang panawagan ng pagkakisa. Pawang mga negatibo, panlilinlang at paninira naman ang sa kampo ng dilawan.
Sa panahon ng krisis sa ekonomiya na dulot ng pandemya ay malaking ginhawa marahil sa naghihirap na mamamayan ang makitang kalmado lang na nangangampanya at hindi nag-aaway at nagsisiraan ang mga taong naghahangad na mamuno sa bansa.
Sa debate na hamon kay presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos ay hindi ito kailanman mangyayari sa ilang kadahilanan. At batid ni Ginang Robredo ang mga kadahilanang ‘yan.”
The yellow culture of renegacy has become so apparent during the Duterte administration, as members of the yellow cult would shame the Philippines on the global stage at every available opportunity, to the delight of western reactionary media.
What remains vague to the camp of Mrs. Robredo is clear and felt to the bones by the vast majority of the Filipino voting population, whom Bongbong Marcos will directly answer and serve in the next six years.
April 29, 2022, Mrs. Robredo inviting presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos Jr. for a debate 10 days before the elections:
Mrs. Robredo in a video: “13 days? Hindi na natin kakayanin.”
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Chief of Staff and spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos on Mrs. Robredo’s invitation to the presidential frontrunner for a debate:
Fact-check by: Juana Adlaw
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