Detractors try to block Robredo daughter's Harvard study Featured

Detractors try to block Robredo daughter's Harvard study Vice President Leni Robredo with her daughters Aika (left), Jillian (second from right) and Tricia (right) during vice presidentia debates last year at the University of Santo Tomas. Toledo IV, file

MANILA, Philippines — Embattled Vice President Leni Robredo recently disclosed that someone tried to rescind her daughter's admission to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Asked what her greatest fear for her family is, Robredo lamented how her three daughters are being dragged into the political circus despite her prayers that they be spared from online crossfire.

She said her detractors attempted to sabotage Aika's admission to Harvard University through a letter that discredits the family's capability to send the student to the Ivy League school.

"Aika showed me a letter of my detractors… Iyong letter nila pinapa-rescind iyong acceptance niya sa Harvard. And the grounds na sinabi nila was iyong tuition daw kasi ay mahal. Ang mahal ng tuition," Robredo said at "TERETalks" in St. Theresa's College, Quezon City last Saturday.

"Sabi nila iyong gagastusin daw nung anak ko, kasi wala naman daw akong legal na pagkukunan, iyong ninakaw namin na yaman. Kasi nakaw na yaman tsaka drugs iyong pinanggalingan nung ipapaaral sa anak ko" she added.

Aika, however, will undergo masters program on public administration at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government on a scholarship as an Edward S. Mason fellow.

"Pero you know the viciousness, nakapasok iyong mga bata without any help from me. Nakapasok tapos ipapa-rescind mo lang. How much hatred iyong pinasok doon," she continued.

The vice president conversely threw shade against her bitter rival even without mentioning the name of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos, whose father, the dictator Ferdinand, amassed great wealth during Martial Law.

"Iyong mga nakaw na yaman madali siyang i-accuse sa iyo. But you can readily see kung sino iyong may nakaw na yaman. By the way they live their lives diba? Hindi iyan sa SALN eh. Pero iyong araw-araw na ino-observe mo how they live their life eh. Diba hindi naman iyan natatago," Robredo said.

She said that the failed attempt to block Aika's entry to Harvard had no effect on her daughter who is set to leave on June 18.

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