Leni Robredo calms anxious supporters, volunteers: Just trust, we gave our all
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday reassured supporters and volunteers who were getting anxious as Election Day draws near.
In an ambush interview, Robredo urged them to be faithful and remember that all of them gave their all during the 90-day nationwide campaign to win the presidency for her and the vice presidency for running mate Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, as well as the senatorial bid for the tandem’s slate.
Robredo narrated how she and her team and the volunteers were the most hardworking, as they barnstormed as many areas – near and far – across the country and conducted house-to-house efforts at the tail end of the campaign.
“Hindi ako kinakabahan kasi ginawa ko naman lahat. Ako na yata ‘yong pinakamasipag […] ’yong nangyayari ngayon so much more than we expected at the start of the campaign. Hindi natin inaasahan na hindi na lang siya magiging simpleng kampanya kundi talagang krusada na and I think ‘yun ang biggest blessing,” Robredo told reporters after her rally in Sorsogon City.
(I am not feeling nervous because I did everything I could. I may already have the most hardworking… what’s happening now is so much more than we expected at the start of the campaign. We are not expecting that it would no longer just be a simple campaign but a real crusade already and I think that is the biggest blessing.)
“Magtiwala lang, magtiwala lang kasi hindi lang naman ako ang nagsipag, sila din. Hindi lang naman ako ang ginawa ang lahat, pero sila din. ‘Yung lesson naman natin sa buhay basta lalaban tayo to the best of our ability pero sa tamang paraan,” she added.
(Just trust, just trust because it’s not only me who worked hard, they too. It’s not only me who did everything, they did everything they could too. Our lesson in life is to just fight to the best of our ability but in the right way.)
According to Robredo, there were times when she and her team were so tired but the crowd’s energy pushed them to continue working despite the odds.
“So sobrang energized pa. Napapagod pero ‘pag kasama mo na kasi ‘yong mga tao, parang ‘yung energy ng mga tao nalilipat sa amin kaya kahit puyat, kahit pagod, looking forward pa parati sa mga susunod na events. Parang nakakalungkot nga na tapos na bukas dahil naging masaya talaga ang kampanya,” she said.
(So, we’re still so energized. Tiring but when you’re already with the people, it seems like the people’s energy is transferred to us so, despite the lack of sleep, and tiredness, we’re always looking forward to the next events. It’s quite saddening that it would end tomorrow because it’s been really a fun campaign.)
“Gagawin natin lahat, leaving no stones unturned. Hindi natin gagawin ‘yung mga masasamang ginagawa ng iba, ‘yon naman ‘yong pinaka-mahalaga. Diyos na ang bahala pagkatapos,” she added.
(We’ll do everything, leaving no stones unturned. We will not do the dirty tricks being done by others, that’s the most important thing. God will do the rest after this.)
Robredo earlier returned to Sorsogon City where she received a rockstar welcome from more than 40,000 supporters along Magsayasay Street. Sorsogon was their team’s first stop for her miting de avance on Friday, before moving to Legazpi, Albay, for another Grand Rally later on the same day.
Robredo’s penultimate campaign sortie would end at her hometown Naga City, where a huge crowd is expected to fill up Magsaysay Avenue. As early as Thursday night, people have been flocking along the road to check the preparations for the program in Naga.
It's still a day before VP Leni Robredo's miting de avance in Naga City but thousands of people are visiting Magsaysay Avenue to check on the preparations.#OurVoteOurFuture #VotePH@inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/tvujZW8Y4h
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'LENI COUNTRY': A famous local diner in Naga City turns pink as VP Leni Robredo and her slate hold their miting de avance here.
— Gabriel P. Lalu (@GabrielLaluINQ) May 5, 2022
In the 2016 vice presidential race, Robredo won big in Bicol Region, getting 1.499 million votes compared to second-placer, incumbent Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero, who got 476,483 votes.
At that time, Robredo was running against four other candidates with roots from the Bicol Region – Escudero who hails from Sorsogon where he largely won; former senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is part of Robredo’s Senate slate now; and former senator Gringo Honasan.
Robredo would need similar or more support from the Bicol Region again in the upcoming polls to overcome the perceived edge of her archrival, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whom she beat in the 2016 presidential race.
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