Vice President Leni Robredo received a rousing welcome in Batangas as she barnstormed across the province on Saturday, April 30. It culminated with a record-breaking attendance of 280,000 supporters at the Barako para kay Leni-Kiko, the grand rally held at Catalina Lake Residences in Bauan, Batangas, according to estimates of organizers.
Robredo was endorsed by Batangas 2nd District Representative Raneo “Ranie” Abu at the grand rally, who gave a rousing introduction for the presidential aspirant.
“Batangueño, ito ang gabi na ang bawat isa sa atin ang magsisindi ng ningas, ningas na magbibigay ng liwanag hindi lang sa Batangas, kung hindi sa buong Pilipinas,” said Abu. “Ito ang gusto ko, Leni Robredo.”
Abu’s thumbs up was the latest in the string of endorsements received during the day.
Robredo was endorsed by Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Barcelon, former Batangas 1st District Representative Tom Apacible, Tuy local government officials led by Mayor Armando Afable, and Lemery Mayor Geraldine Ornales earlier in the day when Robredo visited their towns.
118 priests of the Archdiocese of Lipa also endorsed Robredo after she was given a blessing at the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours in Taal.
Robredo, who won in Batangas in the 2016 elections, recalled the trust given by Batangueños and expressed confidence that she has repaid that trust.
“Noong 2016 elections po napakataas ng botong nakuha ko dito sa Batangas. Binigyan niyo po ako ng inyong tiwala kahit wala pa akong resibo noon,” Robredo said in Lemery. “Ngayon po bumabalik ako sa inyo, mataas na ‘yung aking confidence na pag tingin ko sa inyo mata sa mata, masasabi kong hindi ko sinayang ‘yung tulong na binigay niyo sa akin noong nakalipas na anim na taon.”
In Bauan, Robredo called on her supporters present in the rally to redouble their efforts, as the campaign draws to a close.
“Alam ko marami na kayong sakripisyo noong mga nagdaang araw. Pero ang pakiusap ko po, ihirit na po natin ‘yung lahat ng ating mga bayan para makakumbinsi pa,” said Robredo. “Konting tumbling na lang, mananalo na tayo,” [End]