22 Eastern Samar mayors join Evardone to “deliver winning votes” for VP Leni
Vice President Leni Robredo signed a covenant with municipal and provincial leaders of Eastern Samar on Tuesday, March 29, at the Eastern Samar Provincial Capitol Gym, Borongan City, further solidifying the support of the province for her presidential bid.
In the covenant, 22 mayors, along with provincial Governor Ben Evardone “mutually, voluntarily, and sincerely agree” to support the candidacy of Robredo and mobilize every sector to secure winning votes for her.
The local officials also vowed to promote the spirit of people’s volunteerism, which has been integral in Robredo’s campaign.
In return, Robredo promised to support projects to help Eastern Samar rise from poverty by prioritizing funding for projects that will ensure the “genuine development” of the province.
Robredo also received endorsements from Northern Samar Gov. Edwin Ongchuan and Eastern Samar Representative Marie Fe Abunda.
Borongan City Mayor Dayan Agda, one of the signatories in the covenant, explained why their support for Robredo is unwavering: “This is a revolution for good governance, that is why we should vote for VP Leni as President of our country.”
Robredo also vowed to put Samar first and give attention to hardly accessible communities if elected President during the Pink Wave Ha Este: Grand People’s Rally at Borongan City.
Robredo has frequently visited Eastern Samar and provided programs and assistance to the province in the past years.
“Pag ako maging Pangulo, ipa-prioritize po natin itong Samar Island at 'yun po ay hindi pangako na nasa hangin lamang dahil ipinakita na po namin na kahit na kakaunti 'yung pondo namin, lagi na kaming tumutulong dito sa inyo,” said Robredo.
The presidential candidate highlighted four major issues of the province that she will address if elected—infrastructure, electricity, telecommunications, and tourism. This includes the completion of the circumferential road that would connect the villages of Las Navas, Matuguinao, and Hipapag.
While barnstorming in Leyte and other parts of Samar, Robredo noted that many towns still have no phone signal. She vowed to improve telecommunication lines within the province, emphasizing that this is a necessity.
At the rally, she saw a supporter’s placard that read: “Ma'am Leni, mahina signal ko dito, ang malakas dito ang suporta ng Can-avid sa'yo."
“Ayan ha, malakas na ang suporta, hindi pa nangangako,” Robredo said in jest. “Pero ito po, ito 'yung mga bagay na aasikasuhin natin.”
The grand rally was the first ever beach political rally for Robredo. For the presidential candidate, the beach rally highlighted the beauty of Eastern Samar, which has a huge potential of being a tourist destination.
“Pag maganda ang turismo gustong sabihin, hanapbuhay para sa mga taga-dito sa inyo. Napakarami pong magagandang lugar dito, kailangan lang maipakilala natin sila sa ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said.
While giving her speech, Robredo recognized familiar faces from Cambilla, a far-flung area she has visited years back.
Robredo said promised not to be detached from the experiences of people on the ground.
“Kaya ang maipapangako ko po sa inyo na pag ako pangulo, mas dadalasan ko pa ang pagbisita dito sa inyo. Pupuntahan po natin 'yung mga lugar na halos hindi naaabot ng mga national government officials para mabigyan sila ng tulong na kinakailangan nila,” Robredo said. [End]