At Antipolo rally, VP Leni vows to be ‘President for all’,
will serve Filipinos regardless of political color
Leni Robredo’s commitment is to be a President for all, just as when she set aside politics while serving the Filipino people as the Vice President for the past six years.
“Ang pangako ko po sa inyo pag ako naging pangulo, walang kulay-kulay na titingnan, magiging pangulo po ako ng lahat,” Robredo declared before the 43,000-strong crowd at the “LENIwanag Ang Silangan” grand rally, held at the Rizal Provincial Capitol grounds in Antipolo City on Tuesday, April 5.
A boost to all her supporters and Robredo’s campaign is the Pulse Asia survey released today, April 6, showing her voter share at 24 percent, leaping by nine percent during its March 17-21 survey period, compared to the 15 percent she received during firm’s survey from Feb. 18- 23.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Atty. Barry Gutierrez said the latest Pulse Asia numbers reflect a determined people’s campaign for Robredo .
“The survey numbers are starting to reflect what we have been seeing on the ground all along: the massive crowds, the fierce passion, the untiring commitment of Filipinos from all walks of life, coming together to rally behind Leni Robredo's bid for the Presidency,” he said.
“This 13-point swing going into the last two months of the campaign clearly establishes what we have long known: that VP Leni has the momentum, which we expect will only further intensify and accelerate all the way to May 9. What we are seeing now is the turning of the tide. Sa tulong ng ating mga kababayang patuloy na kumikilos, kumakatok, nakikiusap, nangungumbinsi, ipapanalo natin ito,” Gutierrez added.
The heavy downpour all throughout Tuesday did not deter the crowd. They stayed on to show their support for Robredo, her running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and their entire senate slate. The rains apparently cooperated, too, as it stopped when Robredo was about to give her speech.
It allowed her to read one tender placard held by a young supporter: "VP Leni, wala akong mama sa graduation. Baka puwedeng ikaw na lang?” Without hesitation, Robredo agreed and asked the student when her graduation was and to tell her when it was going to be held. Later, the student tweeted that she now has a “Mama” at her graduation, to which Robredo again replied to inform her of the graduation’s date. “Congratulations!” Robredo also said.
It is this innate ability of Robredo to connect with each of her supporters, even in a mammoth crowd, that draws each one closer to her – as if they know each other personally. And with every placard she reads and responds to, they love her more and more.
Which is why at every rally, organizers and supporters pull out all the stops for Robredo and her team.
On Tuesday, Rizaleños showcased their talents and held a festive rally—a live painting of Robredo’s image appeared onstage, there was a parade of Angono’s trademark higantes, they performed cultural dances, among others.
Robredo paid tribute to the Filipinos’ contributions to this campaign because they know, in the May 9 elections, they are fighting for the kind of politics that the country deserves.
“Ang eleksyon pong ito, hindi na lang ito tungkol sa aming mga kandidato pero ang eleksyon pong ito, ang pinag-uusapan, anong klase pamahalaan ang gusto nating manaig dito sa atin sa susunod na anim na taon,” Robredo said. “Ang eleksyon pong ito, ito 'yung pag-desisyon ninyo: Ano bang klaseng politika 'yung gusto natin? Ang klase po ng politika na pinapangako namin sa inyo, ito 'yung klase ng politika na pinakita na namin sa inyo noong kami naninilbihan.”
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has continuously delivered programs and various forms of assistance to Rizaleños. At the height of the COVID-19 surge in the country, Robredo, through collaborations with her office’s partners, brought the Vaccine Express, Swab Cab, and Community Learning Hubs to different parts of Rizal.
The OVP also helped in many ways the sewing communities in the province, one of which was when they were tapped to produce reusable protective suits for frontliners at the height of the pandemic. [End]