“Huwag po tayong magpapabudol,” says VP Leni in Cebu
On the road leading to the venue of the grand rally for Vice President Leni Robredo’s campaign in Cebu City, “festival queens” danced the Sinulog while chanting “Pit Senyor! Kay Leni kini”, a well-known antiphon asking the Sto. Nino de Cebu, or the Child Jesus, for blessings. At the Southwestern University-PHINMA, more than 10,000 Cebuano supporters cheered for Robredo the moment she stepped on stage.
For Cebuanos, it’s the intersection of the divine and the people’s movement that will make Robredo the country’s next President.
Robredo spent the entire Thursday, February 24, barnstorming through Cebu, a coveted province every election, touching base with her supporters who gave her a significant win in the 2016 vice presidential race.
In the morning, she held a townhall meeting with the fisherfolk of Barangay Tangke, Talisay City, then she made stops in the municipalities of Argao and Toledo, and capped her barnstorm with an electrifying people’s rally at the university grounds.
Robredo said Cebu has a special place in her heart because it was the last province her late husband, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, visited before his plane crashed into the waters off Masbate province, Former Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña was the first to believe in her and assist her in her first election, and finally, Cebu solidified her 2016 win.
“Noong kumandidato po ako noong 2016 hindi pa naman ako kilala. Bagong salta ako pero ang Cebu, ang pinanalo ko po dito sa aking pinaka naging kalaban noong eleksyon almost 500,000 votes. Kaya kung hindi po ako tinulungan ng Cebu ng ganoon kalaki, hindi po sana ako Vice President ngayon,” Robredo said at the jampacked people’s rally held at the Southwestern University-Phinma High School grounds on Thursday night, February 24.
Robredo said after she won as Vice President, she made sure her promises to Cebu were fulfilled.
“Noong tinulungan niyo ako na maging Pangalawang Pangulo, hindi ko po kinalimutan 'yung lahat na pinangako ko dito sa Cebu. Marami po ang hindi nakakaalam, pero noong kami po ay nag-launch noong aming Angat Buhay Program, nagkaroon po tayo ng Cebu Chapter ng Angat Buhay at sunod-sunod po 'yung mga projects na dinala po natin dito. Hindi lang sa Cebu City pero sa buong lalawigan ng Cebu,” Robredo said.
Her appeal to Cebuanos in this coming national elections where misinformation and fake news are prevalent: Check out the candidates’ track record and find out if they have made good on their promises.
“Huwag po tayong magpapabudol. Pag panahon po ng kampanya, maraming mangangako. Pero pag meron po sa ating mangako, ang tanungin po natin, ‘Asan ang resibo?’” she said.
Robredo said the elections are also every Filipino’s chance to make government better.
“Wakasan na po natin 'yung bulok at luma na klase ng politika dahil pag hindi po natin siya winakasan, wala naman tayong pagbabagong aasahan,” Robredo said. [End]