Vice President Leni Robredo said today, November 30, that an indecent post against her on the Facebook wall of a University of St. La Salle student will not diminish her as a person, but will affect his family and the leader he idolizes.
The USLS Office of Student Affairs is currently conducting a thorough investigation of the post on the Facebook wall of Johnrey Apellido, 21, a first year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student.
The post urges President Duterte to have sex with Robredo so she can be enlightened because her lack of it has made her stupid.
The statement was accompanied by a photo of Apellido flashing a dirty finger and identifying himself as a “Diehard Duterte Supporter.”
He has since apologized for the post.
Robredo, in a Tweet yesterday, said “Just saw this now. Hindi naman ako ang nabawasan. Yung na dadamage ng mga ganitong comments ay yung pamilya na pinanggalingan ng mga taong katulad nito, at yung mga lider na iniidolo nila. (I have not been diminished by this. The ones who are damaged by comments like these are the families of people like him, and the leader he idolizes).”
“Leaders who bring out the worst in people are not what our country needs,” she said.
A statement from the office of the USLS vice chancellor for academic affairs, issued today, November 30, said the FB post associated with Apellido “has been deemed both alarming and upsetting by so many, including their alumni.”
The USLS Office of Student Affairs is currently conducting a thorough investigation on the matter, it added.
“While the investigation is ongoing at this time, the proper thing for the student to do at this time is to make amends because although he is saying that he did not make the comment, which was allegedly put together by another person, he is not entirely free or spared from the responsibility of having participated by making similar comments, which is not remote, as can be surmised from the kind of personal photos he puts on his FB account, “ the statement said.
Appelido just entered USLS on August 17, it added.
“We are doing our best to correct such behavior without condemning the one who has erred, the process of finding out is still ongoing. We appeal for your patience and understanding even as we continue to undertake measures to resolve this matter,” the statement said.
Apellido, in a post on his Facebook wall Saturday, November 28, said “The controversy involving myself in the social media post against Vice President Leni Robredo created a tremendous impact on my family, VP Leni and her loved ones, and my institution, the University of St. La Salle. I am deeply sorry for everyone who was offended or insulted, especially for VP Leni, by the malicious remarks.”
The student said he commits to participate in the ongoing investigation conducted by the university to determine the truthfulness of the FB post that is credited to him.
He said he is hoping they can forgive him and that he be allowed to prove his innocence.
“I realize the value of being extra tactful and prudent in everything that I do and of safeguarding my social media account,” he added.
He said he is hoping they can forgive him and that he be allowed to prove his innocence.*