Robredo hits sources of fake news

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Vice President Leni Robredo took a swipe at so-called sources of "fake news" who attended the Senate probe on misinformation held Tuesday.

In a series of Tweets on Thursday, the Vice President criticized some participants of the inquiry, who she claimed showed no remorse despite having shared false stories about her.

"May mga nandoon sa Senado na pinagmulan ng fake news tungkol sa akin. Walang bahid ng pagsisisi. Walang kahihiyan. Mayabang. Maangas," Robredo said.

[Translation: There were people there at the Senate who were sources of fake news about me. They didn't show signs of remorse. Shameless. They were boastful. Arrogant.]

She added, to say one does not need to work for the government, and that it is the government who needs them, is an insult to those serving the country.

"Para sabihin mong hindi mo kailangan ang pamahalaan, ito ang nangangailangan sa iyo, insulto ito sa mga kawani na naninilbihan sa taumbayan," she added.

[Translation: For you to say you don't need the nation and it needs you is an insult to employees who serve the country.]

Robredo did not specify who she was referring to, but she said serving the nation is a privilege and should not be done with arrogance.

"Ang paglilingkod sa bayan ay isang pribilehiyo. Hindi dapat ito dinadaan sa yabang. Hindi ganoon ang Pilipino," she said.

[Translation: It is a privilege to serve tha nation. It shouldn't be done with arrogance. Filipinos are not like that]

Robredo has been the victim of several online posts and cyberbullies, including the "LeniLeaks" controversy, which alleged there was a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from office.

READ: Robredo finally addresses #LeniLeaks: I'm not part of that group

Last March, Robredo said she would take legal action against those who maligned her and the reputation of her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, after a website named "We are Collective" launched supposed exposes against their family.

READ: VP Robredo warns cyberbullies, trolls with possible lawsuit

The Senate hearing on misinformation comes amid the proliferation of false stories and posts online and on social media.

It was spurred by a blog post tagging seven senators as "Malacanang dogs" after claiming they did not sign a resolution urging the government to stop the spate of killings in the country.