Vice President Leni Robredo defended her daughters on Thursday after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called out their tweets that supposedly alluded to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo defended daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian after Duterte's spokesperson Harry Roque criticized their tweets during a Palace press briefing where he claimed that the vice president made it appear that she was in charge of disaster response operations during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Roque was referring to a tweet of Tricia that said: "Tulog pa rin? Alas otso na" and the reply of her sister Aika: "Sabado eh. Weekend."
"Ngayon, ang binubully mga anak ko. I have always been proud of the persons my daughters have become. They are their own persons," the vice president said in a Facebook post.
Robredo said her daughters are not politicians nor part of the government but are "outspoken and rightfully so."
"What they have accomplished, so far, are all borne out of their hard work. They never used our name or whatever little influence we have to get what they want. They’re all adults now. They’re not in government. They are not politicians and they don’t plan to be," Robredo said.
"Totoo, they’re outspoken and rightfully so. We have trained them to stand up for themselves and what they believe in."
Earlier this week, President Duterte called Robredo "dishonest" and wrongly accused her of looking for him during the calamity.
Robredo denied this and urged those peddling false information to stop.