Dispatch from Crame No. 218: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Statement on the visit of Pinoy Ako Blogger Jover Laurio

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Authentic and extremely down-to-earth. No pretensions whatsoever or any air of entitlement. Totoong totoong tao sya.

I’ve never felt so at ease with, at the same time ‘all-ears’ to someone I’ve met and talked to for the first time.

That’s Ms. Jover Laurio a.k.a. Pinoy Ako Blog or simply PAB. A SocMed sensation. A most fitting choice for PDI’s Filipino of the Year 2017.

I was excited to meet her when my staff told me several days ago about PAB’s scheduled visit yesterday, noontime. Doubly so, upon reading in the morning PDI’s banner story, re: Filipinos of the Year 2017.

The moment she saw me, she cried while hugging me. I had to console her by repeatedly saying “I’m ok. I’m fine.” But in no time, laughter and animated conversation filled the room.

How does PAB do it—coming up with 5-6 blogs/posts a day, much awaited and shared by her legions of internet followers, juggling from office work and her studies (good to know she attends law school), and having to contend with vicious bashing? It must be sheer passion and love for it, her own way of preserving sanity in our society today.

I’m no follower. But I get to see occasionally some of PAB’s posts/blogs as printed and shown to me by my staff. And I’ve always been struck and smitten by the pointed logic of her words and the irreverence of her wit. Her knack for the right issues and the right targets of her humorous tirades is almost flawless.

So now, I’m a believer. A believer in the power of simple yet evocative words, the power of sincerity over arrogance, of controlled emotions vs. rudeness. PAB’s very authenticity and simplicity makes her credible.

PAB’s “resibo” revolution ought to shame and scare the enemies of truth and democracy.

Thank you PAB for your critical mind. Thank you for your empathy.###

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