LUNA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – There must be a logical explanation as to why supporters of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) claimed that the truckload of bottled water donated to those affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao City was courtesy of Leni Robredo.
It turns out that the “mystery truck” described in the post announcing the donation wasn’t a mystery at all. It belonged to Coca-Cola which donated the water.
In an official statement , Coca-Cola said that “over 7,500 liters of Wilkins Distilled water were unloaded at Surigao City Hall. The drinking water was distributed through the efforts of the local government, with the assistance of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines pre-sellers, 301B personnel of the Philippine Army, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.”
No mention of the Office of the Vice President or Leni Robredo.
However, the original post about the donation by a certain Jake Miranda was shared by the OVP’s official web site. So it must be true, right?
In fairness to the OVP, let’s just assume that it had made the donation request to Coca-Cola, but that the letter signed by Robredo probably got lost in the mail. It may have been mailed from Luna, Apayao, where the VP was attending an event in connection with the province’s foundation anniversary.
Blame it on snail mail!