Anakbayan urges Leni: Don’t fall for Roxas, Aquino trap

By Marvyn N. Benaning / Correspondent

THE youth group Anakbayan has warned Liberal Party Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur not to allow herself to be used as a deodorant by Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel A. Roxas II.

In a message to Robredo, Anakbayan National Chairman Vencer Crisostomo said, “Roxas and President Aquino are the most traditional of trapos hereabouts.”

Robredo should not tarnish the legacy of her husband, Jesse Robredo, who headed the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Crisostomo said.

Jesse Robredo was also a fraternity brother of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay in the Alpha Phi Omega, along with the late Arthur Macapagal, brother of detained former President Gloria Arroyo.

Anakbayan expressed concern that Roxas will only use the “Robredo brand” to boost his candidacy in the context of growing anger against Mr. Aquino’s incompetent and arrogant mishandling of people’s issues.

“We are appealing to Rep. Leni Robredo not to squander the good name she has built for herself by siding with an administration noted for the unconstitutional and illegal Disbursement Acceleration Plan, the pork barrel, budget cuts for state universities and colleges, the Mamasapano carnage, MRT-LRT breakdown, neglect of Yolanda victims, among others,” Crisostomo said.

The youth group told Robredo to be wary of the Roxas camp’s appetite for backstabbing and dirty politics, recalling how LP had wooed Sen. Grace Poe to be the running mate of Roxas only to “savage her later on the citizenship and residency issues.”

“Traditional politicians like Roxas are like serpents in a snake pit. They will try to seduce you if they can calculate any profit and suddenly bite you if you don’t bow to their vested interests,” Crisostomo told Robredo.

Anakbayan also urged Robredo to not tarnish the legacy of his late husband, saying the Roxas camp’s growing desperation to shore up its uninspiring performance is pushing it to feed on the reformist reputation of her late husband.



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