VP Robredo "inspired" by entertainers who speak up on national issues

VP Robredo "inspired" by entertainers who speak up on national issues

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in her weekly “BISErbisyong LENI,”program on AM radio station DZXL lauded members of the entertainment industry who speaks up regarding national issues, such as the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.
Her partner in the show broadcaster Ely Saludar asked  the Vice President regarding the recent spat between Asia’s Songbird Regine velasquez and Department of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Boy Locsin , Jr.
“I’m inspired that there are celebrities who have the courage,” Robredo said in Filipino. “It’s not easy for those who find the courage to speak up because they’re vulnerable to attack. These people are brave for saying what’s on their mind.”

VP Robredo in her weekly Am radio show BISErbisyongLENI (photo credit to owner)

VP Robredo said these celebrities give others the inspiration to speak up.

“What’s good about this is that they give inspiration for others to also speak up. That’s really the essence of democracy — that we are free to express what’s on our mind without fear of reprisal,” Leni said.

On the other hand, the Robredo expressed her disappointment over leaders who refuse to comment on social issues.

“Our frustration is that those who hold power, those who I’m expecting to take the lead, are the ones whose voices we don’t hear,” she said.

Last week Regine Velasquez blasted  Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. regarding the dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea.

The foreign secretary was quotes saying that that China should just pay for giant clams that its fishermen had been poaching in the area — “like fish in market” — instead of getting into a war with the Philippines.

“Ang akala ko pa naman matalino ka. Ako ay simpling tao lamang na may simpleng pagiisip. These people are invading our territory they are not just taking food sinistral nila ang ating karagatan!!!!” Velasquez said in a tweet.

Locsin replied and pointed out: “Pero ang problem ay hindi po territorio natin yun. EEZ [exclusive economic zone].”

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