Fact checking the claims of Leni Robredo

Fact checking the claims of Leni Robredo

By Lorraine Marie T. Badoy

- in Opinion

Has VP Leni Robredo’s claims been fact-checked?

I want to know because I voted and campaigned for her and she owes me.

Yup, SHE OWES ME. As do all our public servants. Whether or not you voted for them. But when I vote and campaign for someone, I especially want to know if I’d been duped and what it is really I got in exchange for the precious vote I gave her.

Because ever since criticizing her, I got a bunch of messages from people claiming she was a slacker.

I vet those messages but one of these messages, I cannot ignore because it is from someone who actually worked under her in her short stint as HUDCC chair.

The HUDCC has 6 key agencies under it: PAG IBIG, the Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), the National Housing Authority (NHA), the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC))

And my source alleges that when the Vice President claims she attended all board meetings, she is right.

However, it turns out the grand total of board meetings under her was ONE and it was just for 3 key shelter agencies–Pag-IBIG, NHMFC anf HLURB– in all those five months she was head of HUDCC.

For perspective, when then-VP Jojo Binay was HUDCC head, he held monthly board meetings.

The back story to this is the Vice President had her own set of nominees for heads of Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs)–Pag-IBIG, NHA, SHFC and she refused to hold meetings until her nominees were appointed. She didn’t want to work with the holdovers. In other words, she didn’t hit the ground running. Nagpatumpik-tumpik pa muna sha.

When she saw that it was going to take some time for her nominees to be appointed, that was when she finally called for a board meeting. And by then, it was OCTOBER.

So she finally only got to sit with the KSA holdover heads in October–a full 3 months after she’d been assigned as HUDCC head. And even then, it was just with 3 key shelter agencies–PAG-IBIG, NHMFC and HLURB. Not all 6.

And she only got to work with SHFMC which is why most of her ‘accomplishments’ fall under SHFMC.

I read her tweet: “How can shelter agencies function without heads? I followed up appointments many times.”. And this is not true.

Shelter agencies do have heads–only they weren’t her nominees. They were holdovers. For instance, to this day, a holdover sits as PAG-IBIG head, the awesome Darlene Berberabe.

Also the notion that shelter agencies cannot function without heads is a shallow, almost ignorant view about the way government works. The bureaucracy doesn’t grind to a halt just because there is no head. A senior officer is appointed as OIC and this happens all the time and work continues.

This isn’t written in stone. I’d still want to be proven wrong about all these. So I want to know if the Vice President’s claims have been fact-checked.

I have a right to know.

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