Message of Vice President Leni Robredo
Robredo People’s Council
University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City
VP LENI: [Applause] Naunahan lang ako ni Tin. Iku-kwento ko sana my reason for, primary reason for coming is because of the wedding of Paolo and Keisha tomorrow. Alam ko po na Paolo made a big sacrifice when he decided to resign from a very good- very good position in government to campaign- to campaign full-time for me when we didn’t even know each other. Buti na lang nakahanap siya ng aasawahin [laughter], thanks to the campaign.
Si Keisha po was my chief of staff when I was in Congress, and now she is a unit head in one of the units at the Office of the Vice President. So dun sila nagkakilala. Kung hindi nakilala ni Paolo si Keisha magi-guilty sana ako.
But you know, I am very fortunate that Paolo decided to join me. He was with me when I was appointed for a very short time as Housing Secretary. But after I resigned Paolo joined Office of the Vice President and he is one of the two directors in the office. He’s behind our… our ISO certification. [applause] We have been… It was Paolo’s team who really worked hard for it. We got our ISO certification a year after I became Vice President. I became Vice President 2016, 2017 we already got our ISO certification. And every year after that we have been recertified over and over again.
And the reason why I am telling you this is, noong nahalal po ako bilang Vice President, hindi pa ko nakakaupo, naging very apparent na… na magiging mahirap yung panunungkulan ko because of the political climate. But, dahil I committed to doing this work, 100% akong, ano to, all in. Na yung six years na ibibigay sa kin would not be put to waste. [applause] So hindi pa, hindi pa po ako nakakaupo, hindi pa ko nakakaupo, pinag-usapan na namin how we can convert our office. Kasi yung, pag tinignan niyo po yung mandato ng Office of the Vice President, wala ka masyadong makikita. Succession lang yung andun.
Ang sabi ko, kung hindi ako bibigyan ako ng Cabinet post, kasi ‘yun ‘yung tradisyon, magiging ceremonial lang ‘yung trabaho for six years. Sayang naman. Kahit hindi naman ganoon kalaki ‘yung budget ng opisina, still sayang pa din kung wala kaming, wala king masayadong relevance sa ginagawa.
So, early on, we already decided to- to come up with a flagship program. It’s an anti-poverty program which we call Angat Buhay. [applause]
It’s actually… [applause] it’s actually our, our attempt to convert the Office of the Vice President from a mere ceremonial mold to a more advocacy-heavy [applause] office. Pero when we were conceptualizing Angat Buhay, siyempre maraming roadblocks. Kasi, yung roadblocks, una ‘yung political climate. ‘Yung pangalawa, wala naman kaming masyadong pera. Napakababa po ng aming budget. And a large part of our budget goes to salaries of- of people.
So ‘yung- ‘yung problemang ‘yun, hinanahapan namin ng paraan. We decided to position our office as a sort of conduit between communities needing help and organizations wanting to help. We really wanted to go to the farthest, the smallest, the poorest of communities na tingin namin hindi masyado nakaka-access ng government projects.
So many of our communities are in the farthest places. Meron po kami sa… meron kami sa Tawi-tawi, meron kami sa Sulu, meron kami sa Basilan. Me- marami kami sa Zamboanga City, Zamboanga- Zamboanga del Norte, meron kami sa Zamboanga Sibugay, marami kami sa Marawi, meron sa Bukidnon. We are in places like the northernmost part of Palawan, meron po kami doong community, pangalan niya Agutaya. It’s a town in the north- north- northernmost part of Palawan na ang hirap puntahan. Para makapunta kayo, you fly to Coron, and you have to take a boat which will take you 10 to 16 hours to go- to go to Agutaya. I’ve been there twice. Pero those are the kinds of places we go to.
Pero, dahil alam namin na with the meager budget of the office we would not do the kind of programs we wanted to do, talagang ang una naming inasikaso is ayusin ‘yung opisina namin. Ang pinakauna namin na inayos, maka-makakuha kami ng ISO certification. Kasi ang ISO certification, it’s a symbol. It’s a symbol na seryoso kami. Symbol siya na seryoso kami sa trabaho namin.
After we got the ISO certification we worked on achieving COA’s highest rating. [applause] So from 2016- 2018 until the present, we’ve been getting the highest COA audit rating. Ano yun, again symbol siya na malinis ‘yung pagpapatakbo, maayos ‘yung paggamit ng [applause], maayos ‘yung paggamit ng pera ng opisina. Kahit po ‘yung mga pondo gaya ng sa private sector, ano ito, sina-subject namin also to the strictest standards ng COA. Kahit pa hindi ‘yun public money.
So, and the reason why I’m telling you this is because this is what public service is all about. Di ba? You will not be able to render the kind of service that our people deserve kung hindi maayos ‘yung opisina mo. Yun ‘yung sa kin, with the very- with very meager budget we- we have, marami kaming naabot.
Ang example po ng mga programang ginagawa namin, halimbawa, we had, we had under Angat Buhay, we have six key advocacy areas. And one of them is rural development, another is public education, the third one is health, woman empowerment, ano pa ba? Food security. Halimbawa sa education, ano ba ‘yung ginagawa namin? Hinanap po namin ‘yung mga pinakamatatas na dropout rates in high school. Pinuntahan namin ‘yung mga lugar and then we tried to find out bakit mataas ‘yung dropout rates.
And karamihan sa mga pinuntahan namin, we found out that mataas ‘yung dropout rates kasi children have to walk for- walk for several kilometers each day, one way, just to go to school. So what we did was build- build dormitories, build dormitories inside public high school campuses. [applause] So ito po, ‘yung mga lugar, we have two in Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte. Hindi ko alam if you have heard of Siayan. It’s a small- it’s a small town south of Dipolog. It has been- it has been one- the poorest, the poorest town in the Philippines for many years. Ngayon hindi na. Pero we have two dormitories there, one for boys, one for girls. We have two also in Sumilao in Bukidnon. We have in Balangkayan, Samar- Eastern Samar, and Salcedo, Eastern Samar. We have some in Negros Oriental. Pero itong mga lugar na ito, noong, noong, noong inassess namin, 'yung mga nagda-drop out, ang mga bata aalis ng bahay ng alas-kwatro ng umaga, maglalakad, maglalakad madilim pa. They have to cross rivers, trek mountains, just to be able to go to school. Kasi 'yung elementary, hindi problema kasi marami. Pero 'yung high school, hindi siya ganoon karami.
So, mag, mag, mag-lalakad sila from four o'clock, dadating sila alas-siyete ng umaga, pagod na, aantukin na sa school. Pagka hapon, same thing. Pag labas nila, ganoon na naman. Makakauwi sila sa kanila, gabi na.
So ang natitira nalang talaga 'yung matitibay. So when we built, when we built the dormitories, ano talaga, it changed the entire landscape. Naaalala ko 'yung pinaka-una naming ginawa in Balangkayan. Nagbigay muna kami ng mga multicabs para may libreng service 'yung mga estudyante. Nag-improve siya pero hindi ganoon kaganda. Ang gusto kong sabihin, it was, it was, it was not able to target the, the improvement in attendance rates that we envisioned. When we tried to find out kung bakit, 'yung multicab hindi nakaka-akyat sa mga bundok.
So talagang 'yung dormitories because children will- will stay in the dormitories from Monday until Friday. After that Friday class, nakakauwi sila. Ang- ang, ano ito, ang contribution lang ng school, 'yung site at saka obligado silang mag-provide ng parang dorm master.
So these are the kinds of, these are the kinds of work that we have been doing over the past, until the pandemic happened. When the pandemic happened, because there was a lot of mobility restrictions, we were not able to continue visiting the communities like we used to. So we, we shifted to, we shifted to pandemic response.
Marami, doon po, doon po palang nabuksan 'yung mata ng tao na may ginagawa naman pala ‘yung opisina namin. Kasi for a very long time, [applause] for a very long time, while nilalagay naman namin sa Facebook namin 'yung aming ginagawa, a lot of people did not know about what we were doing. Halimbawa, when I go to, when I go to communities, hindi naman po namin ina-announce. Hindi naman namin ina-announce na pupunta ako. Bawal sa team namin na maglagay ng mga tarpaulin na welcoming me kasi sayang sa gastos eh.
Marami kaming mga bagay na ginagawa and 'yung mga ginagawa namin only became known to people when the pandemic happened because we were able to fill a lot of gaps. Noong walang mga PPEs kami 'yung naunang magbigay ng PPE. [applause] Noong nagkaroon ng shortage, mayroon kaming local production. Noong nawalan ng public transportation, the following day we were able to deploy shuttle buses. [applause] Noong nagka-shuttle buses na kami, ang sinasabi ng mga pasahero namin, ayaw nilang umuwi sa bahay kasi baka madala nila 'yung sakit from the hospital, we provided dorms. [applause]
Noong nawala 'yung school, noong nagsara 'yung mga schools - and some, in some places where children do not have gadgets of their own, do not have parents who teach them at home, we put up community learning hubs. We have 58, 59 now [applause] all over the country. So, mayroon kaming volunteers, trained tutors, we provided for gadgets.
Noong nawalan ng, nawalan- nag-ECQ sa Manila we opened three community marts. Itong community marts na ito gave livelihood to TODA drivers because [applause] they did the deliveries. At saka mga small market vendors. Maraming ginawa na tuloy-tuloy and the biggest project that we did was actually headed by Paolo. Nasaan si Paolo? Iyong Bayanihan E-Konsulta. [applause]
Sorry, hindi ko alam kung kinuwento ni Paolo sa dad niya how, how difficult it was to set up Bayanihan E-Konsulta. Kasi sino- may doctors ba dito? May doctors? [applause] Wala naman - hindi naman kami mga doktor. Gusto lang namin makatulong sa congestion sa ospital. So we offered teleconsultation services. Pero kami, naging ugali na sa opisina namin na kung gagawa lang naman tayo ng isang bagay, pagbutihin na natin.
Ako hindi ko alam kung, hindi ko alam kung ilang gabi, o ilang buwan si Paolo walang tulog. Kasi he was head of the program. Pero it was so difficult to set it up. Kasi ang gusto namin, ang gusto namin free data so nasa Facebook siya. Pag nasa Facebook siya, crash ng crash 'yung system kasi hindi naman kaya noong platform. So we had to do a lot of tweaking, na tinatawanan na kami ng ibang volunteers namin. May isa kaming volunteer na nagsabi na pambihira naman itong Bayanihan E-Konsulta na ito. Parang may rollout na, hindi pa plantsado lahat. Ang pakiramdam daw nila, parang pinatalon namin sila sa isang cliff tapos nag build nalang ng eroplano on the way down [laughter].
Pero that sense of urgency, pag kailangan na, ibigay mo na 'yung serbisyo kahit hindi pa perpekto, perpektuhin mo nalang as you go along. [applause] We have been doing all those things, and people ask us papaano niyo nagawa? Bakit nauuna kayo tapos 'yung ibang mas malaking ahensya, nahuhuli, na sila 'yung mas may capacity to do that? Ang sagot ko, na-practice na namin eh. Na-practice na namin in the last four and a half years, before the pandemic started. [applause] Na, making, maximizing what little we had.
So looking back, kaya ko din siya kinukuwento, kasi tingin ko life lesson din siya, na a lot of us go through a lot of difficulties but, but when we are given the benefit of hindsight already, magpapasalamat ka doon sa difficulties na ‘yun. Kasi, halimbawa, during the pandemic, parang nagkaroon ng reputation 'yung opisina naming mahusay. Nagkaroon ng reputation 'yung opisina namin na mabilis gumalaw. Nagkaroon ng reputation 'yung opisina namin na malinis. [applause]
Pero ayun nga, ako ay, ay, ako ay, I feel, I feel so guilty that I take a lot of credit pero 'yung credit talaga nasa workforce eh. Ako, ako [applause] ako parang ano na lang ako, parang DepEd supervisor lang ako. Pero the hard work sila talaga. Ang, pero, ‘yun 'yung lesson kasi doon, ako - ako ngayon, ngayon that I already have the benefit of hindsight - sinasabi ko na siguro if the political situation was favorable to me, if I had access to so much help from government, siguro hindi naging ganito kahusay ang opisina namin. At siguro, hindi, siguro hindi naging mahusay 'yung mga, mga workforce namin. Kasi ngayon, laging ang consideration namin, wala. So wala tayo, maghanap tayo ng paraan.
So, so ganoon naman 'yung buhay di ba? I mean, you are strengthened by all the trials that are given your way. And I think that's what's happening in these elections. Ngayong eleksyon, ako a lot of - a lot of people who know me know this, na I never planned on running in 2022 for the presidency. Actually 'yung decision point ko doon whether to still run or just run for a local post, ‘yun 'yung pinaghahandaan ko. Sobrang nakafocus kami sa pandemic response, I only started thinking of preparations for the elections starting July this year. Noong medyo bumaba, bumaba ng sandali, 'yung before the last surge.
So binalik-balikan ko 'yung maraming mga kandidato, hoping that we can form a unity ticket. Sabi ko pag na-form namin 'yung unity ticket, hindi na ako kakandidato, tutulong nalang ako. But two month's work down the drain, nag-fail 'yung aking, nag-fail 'yung aking initiative. And I was, I was actually so frustrated about it. Parang, para sa, sabi ko, ‘yun lang 'yung only chance natin na maka-put up ng good fight, hindi pa natuloy. Willing sana ako to just help.
Noong hindi siya natuloy, I was, I was nominated a day after the talks crashed. I was nominated by 1Sambayan, and that gave me a few [applause], gave me a few days. A few days to finally decide. I announced on a Thursday. I only made the final decision on a Monday. Pero noong nag-desisyon ako, I asked Senator Kiko to be my running mate. Pareho kami. Pareho kaming walang balak tumakbo for President or Vice President. Pareho naming alam kung gaano magiging kahirap ito, and you know my experience over the last five and a half years.
Pero parang naging jaded na ako. I could admit this to you. Parang naging jaded ako in the sense na I was so used to, halimbawa, visiting towns or cities na mag-courtesy call ako sa mayor, 'yung mayor wala. Alam mo ‘yun, parang conveniently may sakit or nasa Manila may ginagawa. Tapos maraming tao na ayaw ma-associate with me kasi ayaw nilang madamay sila sa galit sa akin.
So I was, I was thinking na the five and a half years has been lonely, as far as the political side of my life was concerned. So I think, if I would run, pareho pa din. So nag-usap kami ni Senator Kiko, sabi namin this is something we need to do kasi ang daming nangyayari na hindi natin gusto. And nagrereklamo lang tayo, hindi natin gusto, pero wala naman tayong gagawin about it.
So noong nag-decide na kami to run, it was a very pleasant surprise because the day we announced, we already felt that a lot of people were with us. [applause]
Nakuwento ko na ito several times, nakuwento ko na ito several times, kung na- ewan ko kung napanood niyo 'yung acceptance speech ko, October 17. Hindi ba naka-blue ako doon? I was in blue because a lot of people were saying na lucky color ko 'yung blue, so blue ang color ko. Pero the day I was scheduled to announce, pagdating ko sa opisina, ang daming pink ribbons. Ang daming pink ribbons sa gate namin kasi may mga supporters na naglagay noong ribbons.
Tapos while I was waiting sa taas, kasama ko 'yung mga anak ko - kasama ko 'yung isang anak ko ngayon, nandoon siya, si Aika. [applause] Kasama ko si, kasama ko si Aika at saka si Tricia, lahat kaming tatlo naka-blue. Tapos ang sabi nila may mga supporters pong nag, nasa labas ng gate. So ang opisina po namin nasa residential community, so sabi ko sa staff, papasukin sila kasi naghihintay sa labas, papasukin. Tapos nagkukwento 'yung mga staff, nasa taas ako, sabi ng mga staff, "Ma'am 'yung lahat na pumasok naka-pink." [applause] So ako na-guilty ako kasi kami lang tatlong mag-iina 'yung naka blue. Nagpahanap kami, kay Keisha, nagpahanap kami kay Keisha ng pink ribbon at kung makita ninyo 'yung picture ko naka blue ako na may pink ribbon nandito.
So we decided to adopt the color pink kasi it’s [applause] it's been a symbol of, it's been a symbol of not just love but solidarity. It's been a symbol of radicalism pero hindi radicalism, not in the, not in the tradional context of radicalism but a parang a- an acceptance that there is something wrong and a resolve to do something about it. [applause]
So 'yung sa akin, tama, tama si Bill Rey na this is no longer a traditional campaign, this is not a conventional campaign. I have been- I have been involved in elections since 1988 when my husband first ran. ‘Yung asawa ko po kumandidato six times. Six times six terms siya naging mayor. Ako this is my third, this is my third already. Si Senator Kiko sabi nya, he’s been, he’s been joining elections since 2001. And both of us are seeing this movement for the first time. [applause]
Alam ninyo po everywhere we go, everywhere we go, we see, we see volunteers who are so invested. We see volunteers who are very passionate na this are.. may mga volunteers din naman 'yung mga campaign namin before pero kadalasan 'yung mga volunteers parang naghihintay sila ng command from the candidate. Ngayon baligtad, ngayon baligtad, actually [applause] nakakatawa po ito kami pa ang binibigyan ng mga tarpaulin kasi hindi kami handa eh.
Nung nag-uumpisa pa lang kami hindi kami handa wala pa akong picture pero ang mga picture na lumalabas 'yung yun mga kinuha sa Facebook na mga picture, so people are coming out in different shades of pink, di ba? With different designs on their t-shirts. The tarpaulins are also different. And and the beauty is there, di ba the beauty is there in the [applause] in the differences. Parang- parang the main message is, siguro magkakaiba man tayo ng pinanggalingan pero iisa 'yung hangarin natin para sa mas mabuting [applause] Pilipinas.
So having said that, having said that why we are very inspired by the kind of movement that is unfolding before our eyes. Bukas pa rin ang mata natin sa reality na this is going to be a very difficult fight. This is going to be a very difficult fight because we will be up against very big political names who have banded together. Pero sa akin kasi yung nakikita ko sa inyo, na totoo wala tayong resources nila, totoo they have the machinery, totoo that they have the political firepower, pero tingin ko all this, walang sinabi sa desisyon ng ordinaryong Pilipino. [applause]
And a lot of things, a lot of things that happened in the last six year might have frustrated us already di ba? Ang daming, parang, I don’t know if you’re like me, na you wake up one morning and ak yourself “ganito ba talaga tayong mga Pilipino?” Na you know ang daming mga bago na- parang 'yung evolution ng values naging very apparent, 'yung toxicity 'yung away-away, ‘yung ‘yung cancel culture, parang naging very ordinary siya. Pero ako, ako sometimes, sometimes nadadala tayo nito pero kailangan tayong magdesisyon na tayo din magbabago nito di ba [applause]?
Hindi ako, hindi hindi, 'yung transformation sa bansa natin hindi ito kaya nang kahit sinong kandidato kahit pa napakahusay niya. So sa akin pag itong movement natin maging krusada. Maging krusada not to, not to elect a particular candidate, but to change the political landscape of our country. [applause]
Diyan tayo magtatagpo. Kaya ito, ‘yung pakiusap ko, we have six months before the elections. There’s a lot of things that we need to change and hindi tayo pwede magsabi na sabay-sabay tayo o kayo muna pag nagbago na kayo magbabago na din kami. Hindi eh. Kasi ang kontrolado natin ay sarili lang natin. So 'yung sa akin ang pakiusap ko lang sa ating lahat, including myself, na baguhin na natin what we can change now. Huwag tayo maghintay na manalo sa eleksyon [applause], kasi pagbinigyan man tayo, pagbinigyan tayo ng pagkakataon dapat 'yung day one natin ay trabaho na kaagad. So, so sa akin moving forward, babalik pa naman ako dito. I'm just here, I really wanted to see, to be able to thank you personally for the initiatives you have been doing. [applause]
Pero kukunin ko na din 'yung opportunity makiusap, kukunin ko yung opportunity makiusap na huwag na tayo maging bahagi ng problema. Alam ko na… siguro naman nabasa ninyo na, narinig nyo na 'yung sinabi ko na madaling makipag-debate pero mas radikal magmahal. [applause]
Because that is the only way we can start changing things. We can’t blame politicians all our lives kasi iyon nga hindi naman natin kontrolado ‘yung trabaho ng iba. Pero ano ang kontrolado natin? ‘Yung choices natin. Ang kontrolado natin ‘yung actions natin. So whatever we can do walang maliit na ambag, lahat mahalaga. [applause]
So ang pakiusap ko as we traverse this six months, six-month journey before the elections, let us do our part in making this country a better, a better one for our children. [applause]
[inaudible 27:02] ito, I look forward to the fight ahead. While I know this is not going to be an easy fight, just the, just the assurance that you are, you are with us. Ito yung humahakbang katabi namin, malaking bagay na.
I know that there are some people who who have questions to ask. Bago po, hindi ko pa po tinatapos ang aking speech pero baka gusto munang… hindi na daw pala dito kasi kulang na ng time. Kanina kasi I was told that there are questions to be asked, pero the reason why we’re calling this a people’s council, bigyan ko na kayo ng context.
When my husband was still the mayor of Naga, ‘yung naging contributory sa transformation ng political landscape sa amin ‘yung pagbigay ng isang mekanismo para ‘yung ordinaryong mamamayan ay kalahok sa pamamahala. ‘Yung participation of ordinary citizens in governance and ito ay isinabatas through an ordinance, ang pangalan ng ordinance, ‘Empowerment Ordinance’. And main bulk ng Empowerment Ordinance is the creation of a People’s Council, and itong People’s Council na ito, siya ‘yung mechanism para ‘yung mga representatives ng iba’t-ibang mga grupo, kabahagi sa pamamahala from planning to budgeting to implementation, to monitoring for evaluation. It has become a very important governance tool in Naga. Naging tool siya not just for empowerment but also for transparency and accountability. Na ‘yung nakita namin na totoong mas humahaba ‘yung proseso, pero the mere fact na may parallel council na tumitingin sa ginagawa ng city council, bumubuti talaga ‘yung pamamahala.
Sa Naga po, because of the ordinance, representatives of the People’s Councils sit in all the committees of the executive and legislative department. Tapos ‘yung BuB, sa amin ‘yun nag-umpisa. ‘Yung konsepto ng BuB, kasi ito po ay na-elevate na siya one step further. Sa Naga ngayon, hindi na puwedeng ipasa ang budget na hindi pine-present sa People’s Council. So when I was- when my husband died, and I became a member of Congress, I authored a bill, ito po ‘yung Empowerment Bill, patterned after the Empowerment Ordinance of Naga. Unfortunately, hindi siya naipasa. Hindi siya naipasa kasi maraming ayaw sa kanya. Maraming ayaw na parang ang pinaka-inaayaw ng iba, gugulo lang ‘yung usapan kasi ang dami nang mag-uusap.
Pero sa ‘kin kasi ‘yung mga-‘yung pinaka-best na produkto ng governance, ‘yung hinarap ‘yung gulo para pag ile-lay down na, lahat na on board. So ngayon, kahit hindi pa- kahit hindi siya naipasa, when I was VP already, I have been trying to form People’s Councils with the hope na pag nabigyan ng pagkakataon, handa na siya. So kaya ko tinawag ‘yung event natin na People’s Council because we wanted to introduce the concept na amidst our differences, let us all, parang, let us all work together in pursuit of a shared aspiration. And ang shared aspiration na ‘yun wala namang iba kung hindi a better Philippines for our children.
So ‘yung pinaka, because the questions will not be asked now, ‘yung pinakahuli na lang talaga, uulitin ko lang ’yung sinabi ko kanina, na this elections is not about me or Senator Kiko. It’s not about me against another candidate, but it’s about ano ba ‘yung- ano ba ‘yung gusto natin na ang gobyerno natin maging? Ano ‘yung dapat na role na pine-play ng gobyerno natin sa buhay ng ordinaryong Pilipino? Ako kasi pag tinanong ninyo ako, marami tayong hindi na-aachieve kasi pinapalitan lang natin ‘yung mga mukha pero ‘yung mga sistema pareho pa din.
So sa akin kaya siya radikal, kasi dapat handa tayong- handa tayong lumangoy kontra sa agos. Kaya siya radikal kasi kailangan handa tayong magsakripisyo para mabuo natin ‘yung bansa na pinapangarap natin para sa mga anak natin.
And we have a lot of work to do. Maraming convincing ang kailangan natin gawin. Kasi because of social media, maraming mga mindsets na na-shape, huwag po nating aawayin ‘yung mga napapaniwala. Kasi most of the time, hindi din nila kasalanan. Most of the time, ‘yun kasi ang nababasa nila. So ‘yung sa ‘kin lang rather than add to the noise, mag-strategize tayo how to, how to contribute. How to contribute to an environment na ‘yung lahat ng Pilipino kahit iba-iba ‘yung pinanggalingan, iisa naman ang pangarap sa ating lahat. So I will see you when it’s campaign time.
Ngayon, ngayon I’m with Senator Leila through Atty. Dino and Congressman Teddy. Tayo po sa choices ng aming senador ay hindi ako nahihiya.Sa choices ng senador ay these are people we have worked with in many of our advocacies for so long. Halimbawa si Congressman Teddy, we are co-authors in many bills during the 16th Congress. Ito ‘yung mga pure ‘yung intentions para sa bayan. Si Senator Leila, alam natin na dahil walang takot na ipinaglaban ‘yung palagay niyang tama ay siya ‘yung naparusahan but we all know that at the end of it all, ‘yung totoo- ’yung totoo at saka mabuti lang naman ang mananaig.
Kaya maraming salamat. Maraming salamat to everyone, I hope to see you again this coming May.