Bulacan, birthplace of Philippine Republic, bets country’s future on VP Leni
Bulacan governor Daniel Fernando and about 144,000 Bulakeños, reaffirmed their support for Vice President Leni Robredo in her quest for the highest position in the nation on Wednesday, April 27, in a grand rally in Malolos dubbed Republika 2.0: Tindig ng Bulakenyo.
Fernando was one of the first provincial governors to endorse the presidential candidate in March this year at the historic Barasoain Church, where the Malolos Congress was convened, and he heralded Robredo’s presidency as the start of a new republic.
“Ang lalawigan po ng Bulacan, bilang tahanan ng unang malayang republika ng Asya ay handa nang salubungin ang liwanag ng bagong republika,” said Fernando, introducing Robredo as “my President.”
Wednesday’s crowd, estimated by local organizers, was over three times the number of people who welcomed her to Malolos in March. Bulacan is the fifth most vote-rich province in the country.
“Ang kailangan po ng ating bansa ay 'yung lider, nadadama ang kalagayan ng kanyang mamamayan, alam ang mabuti at alam kung ano 'yung masama, walang bahid ng anumang korapsyon,” said Fernando.
Of Robredo, he said: “Nagsilbi din siyang tinig ng mga maralita at mga taong walang boses sa lipunan. Inspirasyon siya sa maraming Pilipino, lalong higit sa mga kabataan ng ating lahing Pilipino,” he added.
Robredo is a frequent visitor to Bulacan, where the Office of the Vice President has been very active, implementing a total of 374 projects worth almost 28 million pesos across 26 cities and municipalities in the province.
Earlier, Robredo attended a people’s rally organized by supporters in Baliuag, where she received the endorsement of various sectoral representatives and a testimonial from a beneficiary of the medical assistance program of the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
“[M]asaya ako na naisipan noong organizers na bigyan ng boses 'yung iba't-ibang sektor dahil 'yun naman talaga 'yung buod ng ating pamamahala pag tayo ay binigyan pagkakataon na maging Pangulo ng ating bansa,” said Robredo. “Pagbibigay ng boses, pagbibigay ng kapangyarihan, pagpapalakas, empowerment – ‘yun po 'yung pinakapuso ng ating pamamahala.” [End]