(C) Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo, on her visit to Tondo Manila on Tuesday (November 6), read a story to daycare children entitled, Digong Dilaw.
Although the title may seem to have a controversial undertone to it since Digong is the nickname of President Rodrigo Duterte and “dilaw” or yellow is the color of the opposition, Liberal Party which Robredo chairs, the book is not related to them.
The book was published in 2003 written by Virgilio Almario and illustrated by Nelson Cabrega.
Robredo read the story of Digo – a little boy who only likes yellow things.
He dreamed that everything he touched had turned yellow which made his friends stay away from him.
When he woke up, he realized that it is not good to see everything in yellow and started to appreciate all colors.
The children intently listened to the Vice President and responded to what she would ask them. This is not the first time that Robredo read Digong Dilaw.
During the unveiling of a mini-library in her home province, Camarines Sur, she also read the same book.
Robredo said she did not choose that book saying it was given to her by the “Dubredo Army” referring to supporters of a Duterte-Robredo tandem during their visit in Manila.
“Iyong Dubredo Army, actually, iyon ang pumili ng story,” Robredo said.
Even if the title of the book seems to be tainted with politics, Robredo said she liked the “irony” and “representation” of the book as it offers good lessons for children.
“Naaliw ako kasi, parang, iyong irony, saka iyong… representation,” Robredo added. – Grace Casin