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Robredo: I am not a member of Tindig Pilipinas

Vice President Leni Robredo denies her links with the new cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas. Tindig Pilipinas is a union of coalitions and citizens who are alarmed and outraged by alleged extrajudicial killings as a result of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs. Office of the Vice President/Released, File

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said that she is not affiliated with the new cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas despite attending a mass organized by the group.

Robredo, along with former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and other Liberal Party members attended a mass for victims of martial law and of extrajudicial killings on the 45th anniversary of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos' Proclamation 1081 declaring martial law across the Philippines in 1972.

The mass was offered by Tindig Pilipinas.

“Hindi ako kabahagi sa Tindig Pilipinas. Naimbita ako kasama iyong iba pang kasama laban dati sa Martial Law. Mahalaga iyong misang iyon para sa akin kasi iyon iyong paggunita noong mahabang panahon ng pakikipaglaban,” Robredo explained.

She added: “At kailangan nating siguraduhin na iyong aral na napulot nating noong martial law, aral pa din siya hanggang ngayon para hindi maulit sa bansa natin iyong dilim na sinapit natin noong kapanahunan.”

'Protest groups are better organic'

The vice president noted that groups like Tindig Pilipinas should be “organic” and not connected to mainstream politicians.

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“Kasi oras na makialam iyong puitiko sa ganiyan, parating mababahiran ng pagdududa kung ano iyong intensyon ng [...] Parang nawawala sa tunay na issue iyong pag-uusap na ano iyong interes ng publiko kung bakit sumali,” Robredo said.

Tindig Pilipinas is a union of coalitions and citizens who are alarmed and outraged by alleged extrajudicial killings as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.

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Members of the Senate and House of Representative minority blocs such as Sens. Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gray Alejano attended the group’s launch on September 18.

Former Aquino Cabinet members present during the launch include former spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, former peace adviser Teresita Deles and former Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro.

On Wednesday, Tindig Pilipinas asked Duterte to prove his integrity by signing a waiver for his bank accounts or resign from office. 

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