VP Leni barnstorms in so-called Solid North
In Kalinga, she tells supporters: ‘You will be proud again to be Filipinos’
A week before the crucial May 9 presidential elections, Vice President Leni Robredo headed to the bailiwick of her closest rival, the late dictator’s son, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Her first stop was in Tabuk City in Kalinga, a part of the Cordillera region on Monday, May 2.
Speaking before a gathering of volunteers at the Pastoral Center in Tabuk City, Robredo thanked her indefatigable volunteers and supporters and asked for one last push, not for herself, but for the nation.
“Kaya ito, pag sinasabi kong ipanalo na natin ito, hindi ko gustong sabihin, ‘ipanalo niyo ako,’ pero ang gusto kong sabihin, ipanalo na natin ang ating bansa,” said Robredo.
“Ako, kahit maging Pangulo ako, I cannot promise you that all our problems will disappear when I’m President. Pero ang mapa-promise ko sa inyo na after six years, you will again be proud to be Filipinos,” Robredo added.
The presidential aspirant also reflected on the experiences in the campaign and what its message brought out in Filipinos, witnessed first-hand in her rallies.
“’Yung spirit of bayanihan, grabe. Pumupunta ang mga tao sa rallies, abonado na nga sila, pero may mga dala sila na mga pagkain to be shared with everyone,” said Robredo. “Nakikita natin, nagshe-share ng tubig, nagshe-share ng pagkain, nagututungan. ‘Yung mga tao, nag-attend na ng rallies, ang tagal na nilang nakatayo, nainitan na sila, paminsan nauulanan, pero umuuwi silang masaya dahil naramdaman nila what it means to be Filipinos once again.”
For Robredo, to be Filipino is to care for Filipinos, which she envisions to be her kind of governance if elected President.
Robredo also signed a mural painted on the walls of the Northern Star Office and paid a courtesy call on Mayor Darwin Estrañero in Tabuk City Hall.
From Kalinga, Robredo visited Abra where she was welcomed by the Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO) and Abra for Leni-Kiko volunteers.
Robredo was in awe as volunteers in pink, green, and white surrounded her at the Oval Era Mall in Bangued.
“Very surreal para sa akin na in Abra, may nagkakampanya para sa akin,” Robredo said.
“Alam po namin na hindi madali para sa inyo. Alam po namin na maraming sagabal, alam namin na siguro may mga pagpigil, baka nga may harassment pa kayong nararamdaman… nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo kasi tumataya kayo.” Robredo added.
In Abra and other northern provinces, where placards saying “Anak ng BBM supporter for Leni” are common fixtures in people’s rallies, Robredo’s message remains clear:
“Kahit iba yung paniniwala, mahal pa din natin sila diba? Dapat ‘yung ibang paniniwala hindi magiging dahilan na magkawatak-watak tayo.”
Robredo also visited the Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD, Bishop of Bangued and other members of the clergy for a short blessing earlier in the day.
To cap off her northern tour, Robredo will be heading to Takder Kordi, Ranniag Ti Namnama: Cordillera People’s Rally in Baguio City, Benguet. [End]