ABRA, BANGUED – Residents here, dressed in red and green shirts, pledged their full support…
Robredo describes the campaign in the “solid North” as bizarre and courageous.
MANILA – It’s a bet on the president. Vice President Leni Robredo praised her followers and volunteers for campaigning valiantly in the “Solid North,” which is controlled by Ilocano adversary Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
She agreed that breaking into provinces considered to be pro-Marcos and surrounded by relatives and friends of the perennial poll frontrunner may have been difficult.
“It’s quite weird for me that there are people advocating for me in Abra,” Robredo said during a rally at Bangued’s Oval Era Mall on Monday.
“Alam po namin na hindi madali para sa inyo,” says the speaker. Alam namin na maraming sagabal, alam namin na siguro may mga pagpigil, baka kayong nararamdaman may harassment. (We understand that it is difficult for you.) Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo kasi tumataya kayo. We understand that there may be many obstacles, and that you may feel harassed at times, but I appreciate your faith in me),” she continued.
Political differences, according to Robredo, should not lead to separation and strife, particularly among family members.
She stated after the May 9 elections that family and friends, as well as Filipinos, should stick together.
“Kahit iba’yung paniniwala, mahal natin sila diba?” (Even if we have different opinions and ideas, we still love them, right?) Dapat ‘yung ibang paniniwala hindi magiging dahilan na magkawatak-watak tayo “Belief differences should not be a source of separation),” Robredo remarked.
Robredo told a throng in Tabuk City, Kalinga, that voting for her means voting for the country, and she urged them to give her “one more push.”
“‘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 “Let us make the country win”),” she explained.
She gave Mayor Darwin Estraero a courtesy call at Tabuk City Hall, then went to the Abra Electric Cooperative and spoke with “Abra for Leni-Kiko” volunteers before heading to Baguio City.
Robredo and her team will be in Iloilo province on Tuesday, where they will conduct a house-to-house campaign, a stationary caravan from the Iloilo International Airport, and a “Grand Pasasalamat” from late afternoon to evening.