Robredo unfazed by critics, gains support amid crisis

Sec Robredo

Robredo, multi-awarded former mayor of this city, has been on the spotlight since the botched attempt to rescue the hijacked Hongkong tourists inside a bus that resulted to the death of eight of them. The bloody rescue operation sparked international outrage.

In a manifesto, a group of civil society personalities that include Ramon Magsaysay Foundation President Carmencita Abella, former Labor Secretary Nieves Confesor, AIM executive Juan Miguel Luz, Fr. Edicio de la Torre and former Planning Secretary Solita Monsod, among others, has reiterated their support for Robredo.

They said they stand by him “in solidarity, and in the coming days, as you bring your integrity, competence, and commitment to bring excellence to local governance and the police.”

“This we do for a most worthy public servant,” the manifesto stated.

On the other hand, the Bicolano politicos who are crying for Robredo’s blood are: Camarines Sur Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, and Senators Gregorio Honasan and Chiz Escudero, who are both from Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, supporters of Robredo believe that “jueteng” money is on the roll in a strong bid by jueteng operators and their coddlers, which include top corrupt police officers who had seen better days under the past administration, to oust him from the powerful department of the presidential cabinet.

On the first day of his office, Robredo had pledged to stamp out jueteng through the powers of his office. This took a lull, however, when it was reported in the following days that Robredo was instructed by Malacañang to focus instead on local government.

A source said jueteng money during the past few days had unwittingly permeated the news desks of national newspapers and other media outlets. The game plan is simple: Build a mounting artificial pressure to kick Robredo out of President Noynoy Aquino’s cabinet.

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