Are Filipino taxpayers paying your office to respond to chismis or to act on the issues affecting them?
The statement above sets the tone of the open letter posted by celebrity blogger Sass Rogando Sasot on Facebook following the response from the Office of the Vice-President surrounding the ‘preggy’ rumor about a politician carrying the baby of a married man.
The ‘preggy’ rumor first appeared on the Facebook page of “Thinking Pinoy” today November 21, 2016. From here, bloggers picked it up and shared it online.
In fairness to “Thinking Pinoy”, no names were mentioned but the pair of yellow slippers and the caricature of a baby with a mustache sparked the imagination of people with fertile imagination.
The rumor has created a buzz online, forcing the office of the Vice-President to issue a statement and dispel the ‘chismis.’
We have gotten reports that there are vicious rumors being spread about Vice President Leni Robredo.
We were warned about these well-funded and well-orchestrated attacks to malign the Vice President. The demolition campaign has begun. And the next logistical question is: who is behind it.
We have complete trust in the Filipino’s ability to discern fact from fiction, and steer clear of false news. Websites that masquerade as news sources have been fabricating these rumors, which are then spread by troll armies.
We thank everyone for their constant vigilance against the rumors being touted as truth on social media.
Instead of silencing the controversy, it brought back to life a forgotten issue that should put the Office of the Vice-President on the defensive.
According to blogger Sass Rogando Sasot’s, her inbox was flooded with SOS messages from OFW’s complaining about a housing realtor in August this year.
As the spokesperson of the Office of the VP, I noticed the swiftness of your response to a chismis. But fortunately – or unfortunately – my memory is still working well.
In August, a group of OFW’s messaged me asking for help about their problem related to housing.
The blogger told the victims to call 8888 or write a letter to the Office of the VP to ask for help but their pleas have fallen to deaf ears.
I told them to call 8888 or write to you. Well, they did in July, but they told me that they haven’t heard any response from you office. So they resorted to using this Page to sound off their issue.
Blogger Sasot begs some explanation from the Office of the VP for giving the concerns of the victims of the housing realtor a cold shoulder while acting swiftly to dismiss a red herring.
So please kindly explain to us why you didn’t reply to their concerns as swifly as you did to a chismis? Are Filipino taxpayers paying your office to respond to chismis or to act on the issues affecting them?
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