BACOLOD CITY: For posting lewd comments against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Facebook, a student from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City faces possible sanctions.
The freshman, identified as Johnrey Apellido, 21, from Talisay City, is taking up information technology at USLS and enroled on Aug. 17, 2020.
Dr. Annabelle Balor of USLS Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, in a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page on Monday, said the school had started an investigation of the comments of the student.
The university said Apellido’s comments were deemed both “alarming and upsetting” by all sectors of the USLS, including its alumni.
“It (USLS) has policy guidelines in place upon which matters of such nature are addressed accordingly,” a statement from the school said.
While the probe is being conducted, Balor’s office has requested the student “to make amends,” pointing out that “even if the student did not make the comments [himself] and were put together by another person, Apellido was not entirely free or spared from the responsibility.”
”We are doing our best to correct such behavior without condemning the one who has erred, it said.
The Facebook post urged President Rodrigo Duterte to have sex with Robredo so she can be enlightened because her supposed lack of it has made her stupid.
The post was accompanied by a photo of Apellido flashing a dirty finger and identifying himself as a “Diehard Duterte Supporter.”
On Sunday, Apellido posted an apology on his Facebook account to all those “who were offended or insulted, especially Vice President Robredo.”
“I am deeply sorry for everyone who was offended or insulted, especially for VP Leni, by the malicious remarks. I commit to participate in the ongoing investigation conducted by the university to determine the truthfulness of the FB post that is credited to me,” he said.
Apellido added that he understands that the entire La Sallian community detested the post and he considers the conduct unbecoming a La Sallian.
“I am hoping that you could find forgiveness and space for me to prove my innocence, as I yield to the just and humane process the Office of Student Affairs is facilitating. As a university student, from now on, I am taking full responsibility for my words and actions,” the student said.
In her Twitter account, Robredo responded that she was not directly affected by Apellido’s comments
On Nov. 30, 2020, she said the indecent post against her on the Facebook wall of a USLS student will not diminish her as a person, but will affect Apellido’s family and the leader he idolizes.
In a Tweet also on November 30, the Vice President also said, “Just saw this now. Hindi naman ako ang nabawasan. Yung na da-damage 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 added.