Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she would rather not "validate" false rumors about her spreading online, adding that they only distract from issues.
In an interview, Robredo laughed when asked to comment about rumors being spread on social media that she is pregnant.
However, she tagged these as an insult.
"Ako kasi ayoko na patulan. Ayoko na patulan, parang insulto naman yata 'yon," she told reporters at the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA).

"Pagpapakita lang na... saan ba tayo patungo kung may mga ganitong usapin? Kabahagi na ng kuwento na alam naman natin na walang katotohanan at walang basehan. Para kasi patulan natin 'yon, parang vina-validate lang natin, 'di ba? Sa akin, ayoko nang pumatol," she added.

She went on: "Nakakatawa siya, pero at the same time, parang insulto na iyon sa ating lahat na kababaihan."
The Office of the Vice President also issued a separate statement on the rumor, calling attention to whoever may be behind the "demolition job" against Robredo.
"We were warned about these well-funded and well-orchestrated attacks to malign the Vice President," read the statement issued by spokesperson Georgina Hernandez. "The demolition campaign has begun. And the next logical question is: Who is behind it?"
Hernandez added: "We have complete trust in the Filipino's ability to discern fact from fiction, and steer clear of false news. Websites that masquerade as news sources have been fabricating these rumors, which are then spread by troll armies."

The pregnancy rumor was allegedly another case of "frailties of a woman," a play-off from the reason given by Sen. Leila de Lima when she admitted her affair with former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
This came after Robredo had to skip commitments last Thursday and Friday because she felt under the weather and was advised to rest.


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