Harvard Kennedy School is likely to check the SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) of Vice President Leni Robredo. This is after We Are Collective (WAC) urged netizens to write a letter to the prestigious school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, urging them to check if she has the ability to pay the expensive tuition fee for her daughter, Jessica Marie ‘Aika’ Robredo.
Early this month, VP Leni Robredo proudly announced that Aika got accepted for the Masters Degree programs both in Harvard and Oxford University. However, she emphasized that is nothing is final yet because the said schools still need to approve her daughter’s scholarship applications. Nevertheless, she said she is very proud of her.
Aika Robredo finished Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University, and graduated with honors. She worked for the then-Department of Transportation and Communications, and at the Office of Civil Defense, but left her job in 2015 to help her mother in her vice-presidential campaign.
Apparently, Aika had her own controversy. Last March, political analyst Antonio P. Contreras shared the transcript of the valedictorian speech of his niece in 2004. His niece, the daughter of his brother, Engr. Benjamin P. Contreras and wife Daisy, graduated in Naga City along with Aika. Allegedly, Jesse and Leni Robredo almost stole her valedictorian.
Meanwhile, WAC wrote a sample letter addressed to Harvard Kennedy School and posted it on Facebook this Wednesday. The group of anonymous bloggers questioned the integrity of Jesse and Leni Robredo, and even urged the school administration to consider checking VP Robredo’s SALN before accepting Aika Robredo.
“Leni Robredo claims to have a total net worth of roughly a hundred sixty thousand USD ($160,000) as declared in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, which equates to the approximate amount needed to put her daughter Jessica Marie through two years of graduate school in your prestigious institution.” WAC wrote.
“Hence, it is clear that Mrs Robredo cannot afford the admission fee if we are to believe her SALN. What worries us is that Mrs Robredo might be using ill-gotten funds sourced from drugs and illegal gambling and plundered from the Filipino people to finance Jessica Marie’s graduate studies.” The group added, noting that they are not questioning Aika’s academic credentials.