University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) student Stephen Villena is now being heavily criticized for embarrassing Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte during the Q&A portion of a forum inside the campus Friday, March 11, 2016. But as his name is now going viral on Facebook, a screenshot of his supposed online payment account reveals that he received P50,000 from LP presidentiable, Mar Roxas.
“Sir, sana pakisagot lang po ng diretso kasi nagtatanong po kami ng diretso dito para po makauwi na kayo.” (Sir, I hope you answer questions directly because our questions are also directly, so that you already go home afterwards.) Stephen Villena told Mayor Duterte, interrupting the presidentiable while explaining his answer to the former’s question about his priorities if he will be elected president.
However, Duterte seemed to be not offended with the interruption of Stephen Villena and instead waited for him to stop. The tough-talking mayor said that education will be the top priority of of his administration, and not national security. However, the rude UPLB student continues to question Duterte, and appears to be not satisfied with the answer. The crowd can be heard cheering.
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After doing some research, we found out that Stephen Villena is a friend of Aika Robredo, the daughter of Congresswoman Leni Robredo, who is now the running-mate of former DILG secretary and administration candidate.Mar Roxas. A screenshot of a photo at Facebook showing Villena along with the younger Robredo and other friends is now going viral. However, there was another revelation.
Allegedly, Stephen Villena has an account at coin.ph, a website that allows users to send and receive money within the Philippines. Based on the screenshot, he is from Imus, Cavite, and received P50.159.99, which was sent via M Lhuillier Kwarta Padala, and was marked as ‘salary.’ His Facebook and Twitter have been deactivated, and we cannot confirm the authenticity of the said screenshot.
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In related news, another UPLB student by the name of Ronald Gem Celestial posted an open letter, apologizing to Mayor Duterte and his supporters, but slamming local media, Rappler. According to him, he received tons of negative comments because netizens were allegedly misled by a video report by Rappler. A few hours later, Rappler apologized and said that the video editing was an honest mistake.
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