Friday, April 27, 2018

An Email to VP Robredo from Bobi Tiglao: "Sadly, I continue to get Facebook posts alleging your affair with Congressman Banal"

Rigoberto Tiglao and Vice President Leni Robredo (CTTO)


Rigoberto Tiglao, a Filipino diplomat, writer and columnist, on Friday, bravely took to social media to post a text of his email to Vice President Leni Robredo.


According to him, the email is actually a follow up of his first email to the Vice President last April 24 addressed to the VP's office which the latter appear to have recognized in her current tweet that says, "we can no longer let lies go unchallenged so bring it on" which as per Tiglao finds him puzzling.


Photo from Bobi Tiglao's Facebook post (CTTO)

And as confounding however is rather than an affirm or-deny answer, the VP just blamed him for being a "purveyor of fake news.


Photo from VP Leni Robredo's Twitter account (CTTO)

Now, the columnist sent another email to answer the tweet of VP Robredo and said that he too severely dislike fake news but he keeps on getting Facebook posts affirming Robredo's issue with Congressman Jorge "Bolet" Banal. And on the off chance that these issue is really fake news, he might want to uncover these all things considered.


Nonetheless, Tiglao said that he have not gotten any denial from the vice president nor from the congressman, for him to compose that the issue is indeed fake news and trust that the vice president can deny it at the earliest opportunity so he could cover the issue at long last and demand Facebook reality checkers to erase such lies.


Vice President Leni Robredo (CTTO)
Congressman Jorge "Bolet" Banal (CTTO)

Bobi Tiglao additionally announced that he actually asked their editor-in-chief to allot a correspondent to make the inquiry, but for some reason, his demand had been disregarded.


Likewise, Tiglao assured that he is just doing his job as a journalist and that is to provide their readers the most precise information about their leaders, as they say, the "personal is political.”


He also said that on the off chance that Robredo prefers that Cong. Banal reacts to his inquiry, just send him the congressman's email so he can ask him directly.


Tiglao then ended his post by asking the vice president to help him to finally settle the issue so he can proceed onward to other more important topics.


Below is Rigoberto Tiglao's full Facebook post:



Bobi Tiglao's Facebook post (CTTO)


"My email to the VP. Text per request of a friend who found it hard to read the image of my email:


Ms. Maria Leonor Robredo
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines


CC: My Facebook Timeline


Dear Madame Vice President,


I abhor fake news as much as you also seem to be, based on your recent tweet.


Sadly, I continue to get Facebook posts alleging your affair with Congressman Jorge (“Bolet”) Banal. If these are fake news , I would like to expose these as such.


However, I haven’t received any such denial from you nor from Congressman Banal, for me to write that this is a fake news.


i hope you can deny it as soon as possible so I could bury this issue finally and request FB fact-checkers to delete such falsehoods.


I requested our editor-in-chief several days back to assign a reporter to ask you this question, as this really of gathering information is the work of a reporter and not of an opinion columnist.


For some reason though, it seems my request had been ignored. Or probably our reporter was too faint of heart to do that.


This is a follow-up of my last email of April 24 addressed to your office, which you seem to have acknowledged receiving in your recent tweet— the one with the curious “bring-it-on” challenge, which I find puzzling.


As perplexing though is instead of a confirm-or-deny reply, you just accused me of being a "purveyor of fake news."


One journalistic protocol, usually though when a reporter asks a subject in person, is that the absence of a comment is taken as a confirmation.


If you prefer that Cong. Banal responds to my query, can you please send me his email.


Rest assured, I am merely doing my job as a journalist, which is to provide our readers the most accurate information on their leaders. In governance, as they say, the "personal is political.”


For example, I remember that one of your blogger- fan had asked then President Ramos in a big assembly: “What is Baby Arenas in your life? ” He answered “someone special” and then moved on to an entirely different topic. I admired him for that. Maybe you can get an idea from FVR’s response.


Please help me settle this issue, so I can move on to other more important issues.


Respectfully,


Rigoberto Tiglao
Columnist, Manila Times"



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