Vice President Leni Robredo has once again gone viral online after she disclosed during an interview that she scavenged a garbage bin in Boston, United States to look for things she and her daughter could have reused.
Dissenters and critics of vice president lashed at her for attempting to portray herself as close to the masses or understanding of their plight by pretending to be in their position.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, slammed Robredo for “disgracing the Office of the vice President” by scouring for hand-me-downs thrown out by American.
Badoy, a medical doctor said she always put her best foot forward when she attends conferences abroad. She said she does it not only for herself but for the country.
“So to hear the Vice President of this Land blithely say she picks on the garbage of Americans—colonial masters of recent times– pains me to my deepest, darkest depths.”
“It is such a striking metaphor for what our country has been to America–garbage–and such a striking metaphor to what I think our Vice President has become: Uncle Sam’s garbage collector.”
Badoy said that Robredo’s actions makes her burn in shame because it was supposedly beneath what was expected of a Vice President.
Social media warrior Mark Lopez lamented how insulting Robredo’s display for insincerity is to actual garbagemen who in reality are not even celebrated or honored for the work they risk themselves doing.
“Sa totoo lang… Sa ugaling Pilipino, ang pagiging basurero ay isang adhikain o gawain na bihirang ipinagmamalaki o ipinagsisigawan sa buong mundo… bagkus kung maari lang wag na sana yan maging topic ng usapan, lalu na kung ikaw ung anak o kamag anak ng tao na ganun ang hanapbuhay. Ang punto dito, ang mga tunay na basurero eh karamihan jan tahimik lang. Kaya yung mga hunghang jan na ang kapal ng mukhang ipagyabang na sila ay basurera at namumulot ng mga kasangkapan sa kalsada, itaga nyo sa bato hindi yan mga totoong tao.”
Meanwhile, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan believed that there is nothing shameful about recycling and rummaging through dumpsters for pre-owned items.
Pangilianan has rushed to the defense of Robredo after being criticized by Badoy for being “Uncle Sam’s garbage collector”, proudly saying he also collected garbage while studying abroad.
“Ako po si Kiko Pangilinan. Naging ‘basurero’ rin po ako nung nakapag-aral ako sa ibang bansa nung dekada nubenta. Ipinagmamalaki ko ito dahil tulad ng iba mas mabuti na ang nagtitipid kaysa sa waldas.” Pangilinan wrote on Facebook.
The president of Liberal Party said he also used coupons and returned beer bottles in groceries to generate savings while abroad.
“Gumamit din ako ng mga coupons at nagsauli ng mga bote ng beer sa supermarket para makatipid at maibalik ang kaunting panggastos sa pang araw-araw habang naninirahan sa ibang bansa.” Pangilinan added.