Vice President Leni Robredo's youngest daughter, Jillian, told her mother's supporters to focus on house-to-house campaigning after a video that showed her being heckled in Baguio City went viral on Wednesday.
"Jillian" was trending on Twitter with 32,000 mentions early in the day as users shared the blurry video of the young Robredo at the popular tourist destination's public market.
Based on the video, supposedly taken on Tuesday, the youngest of the three Robredo siblings was screamed at for allegedly closing the market during her visit.
"Gandang umaga. Tuloy-tuloy lang po ang H2H at palengke runs. Puso sa puso. Last 12 days. Focus tayo," she said in a tweet the day after the incident.
An unknown individual yelled at Robredo while she was speaking with some of the market vendors.
"Stop it. Stop! Bakit n'yo sinasarhan ang public market? Huwag mo akong sungit-sungitan nang ganyan. Dayuhan ka lang dito, kami Igorot kami," the person said.
"Sorry po, sorry po," answered Baguio City councilor Mylen Yaranon, who recalled the incident in a Facebook post. She was with Jillian during her market visit.
Members of Jillian's group apologized for the inconvenience and left the market shortly after, the Robredo People's Council said in a statement.
The heckling was "isolated" and "uncalled for", Yaranon said as she apologized to Jillian.
"No highlander would ever say 'dayuhan lang kayo, Igorot ako.' Whoever that person is, papansin lang sya, so I told the group to ignore the person, though we were all shaken by such an uncalled for shouting."
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The group belied claims that the attack was provoked and that Robredo told the person "let me educate you" based on spliced videos shared on social media.
"This unfortunate incident has put the people of Baguio, particularly the Igorots, in a bad light. It has given the impression that those who are not from the city are NOT welcome, when in fact Baguio is a tourist destination," the group said.
Watch the full video of the incident here: