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Ex-guv defends VP Leni

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela came to the defense of Vice President Leni Robredo, who is being criticized for being a “socialist” and for her “pro-land distribution” stance.

Coscolluela, a convenor of Negros for Leni movement, disclosed that what he calls as “old and misleading” allegations doing the rounds again, in connection with the co-authorship of then Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of a bill that sought to create an Agrarian Reform Commission to investigate “circumvention and violations” of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.

Robredo, then a member of the House committee on agrarian reform, had said that many tracts of land intended for distribution were not transferred to the control of farmer-beneficiaries.

The misleading allegations against Robredo comes up after the VICMICO Planters’ Association, VICMICO Planters’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and VMC Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Negros Occidental, have expressed their full support to the presidential bid of Leni Robredo.

The sugar planter’s group and cooperatives called Robredo as a “servant leader”, stressing also that VP Leni is not beholden to anyone, or any ideology other than to serve the Filipino.

Other sugar planter’s groups are reportedly supporting Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and other presidential contenders.

Coscolluela explained that the Bill was submitted by the Good Governance Committee, of which Robredo was Co-Chair, in response to alleged corruption in the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Simply put, this was a Congressional Committee doing its job. So why is this an issue? he again asked.

Simple, Leni is running for President, Coscolluela pointed out.

He also said that all of the Philippine presidents supported agrarian reform in one way or another as a primary means to pursue social justice, including all the past Congresses who passed the Laws, which makes them “socialist” too.

Through all this time, it took the cooperation of our elected Congressmen and Senators to keep agrarian reform alive, Coscolluela also said.

Why is VP Leni Robredo the lone target – not those who actually passed and implemented the Laws, and not all the others who hope to be President in 2022 – and even when the self-confessed “socialist” now in Malacañang might himself be running for Vice President, he asked.

Coscolluela’s answer to his question – “It’s because there’s no other issue to raise against Leni Robredo”.*

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