La Union, other northern provinces – “breakers of Solid North” – go all out for VP Leni
Supporters of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo from La Union and its neighboring provinces were in full force at the Elyu Pink Wave: La Union People’s Rally held at the Saint Louis College, San Fernando City on Tuesday, April 12.
“Nakikita ko ‘yung ginagawa ninyo. Napakasipag ninyo– ‘yung ating volunteers. Hindi lang ‘yung volunteers natin sa La Union pero ‘yung volunteers natin sa Ilocos Sur, maraming salamat. ‘Yung volunteers natin sa Ilocos Norte, napakatapang. Maraming salamat,” Robredo said in her speech.
She also thanked her supporters from Abra, Baguio, and Pangasinan, which she visited just last week.
Robredo admitted that she felt nervous going to the northern provinces, known as the Solid North because of its reputation for supporting its native son. But once again, her supporters made sure that she shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
As of 11:30 am, at the people’s rally, an estimated 11,000 supporters packed the gymnasium and spilled to the grounds of SLC.
In 2016 vice presidential race, La Union delivered huge numbers for the “Solid North” vote for the dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
Robredo said it’s time to change the Filipinos’ regionalism, especially during elections.
“Alam niyo, naiintindihan ko naman kung bakit, dahil alam ko na ‘yung Pilipino, masyadong regionalistic di ba?” Robredo said. “Kaya bawat kampanya ko sa amin sa Bicol Region, lagi ko sa kanilang sinasabi na, pag kayo magdedesisyon, wag niyo kong botohan dahil Bicolano ako. Ang titingnan niyo, kung hindi ba ako Bicolano, bobotohan niyo pa din ba ako?” she added.
Robredo’s supporters in the north are determined to break the “Solid North”.
“Of the total votes cast in La Union, five percent lang ang nakuha niya [Robredo]. Iba ngayon. Noon, kakaunti lang kaming nagkampanya, ngayon makita mo ‘yung groundswell of support. This is the first time in the history of Philippine politics that several volunteers, organized and unorganized, are doing their own [efforts],” said Cris Palabay, coordinator of Robredo People’s Council - La Union.
Strategies have also shifted for volunteers on the ground as election day draws nearer.
“Ang strategy namin ngayon is… from lugawan to ligawan. This is house-to-house, one-on-one, ‘yun. And then we are also setting-up our Bantay Balota [para] ma-prevent ‘yung fraud di ba?” Palabay added.
In a tweet right after the rally, Robredo couldn’t help but express her elation: “Ang tindi ng energy sa La Union!! Maraming, maraming salamat sa mga taga-Norte na tumitindig kasama natin. Dahil sa tapang at pagmamahal n'yo, ramdam ang agos ng pag-asa,” ending it with two pink hearts. [End]