Like the crucial last two minutes of a basketball game.
This was how presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo described the remaining two weeks before the May 9 elections at the people’s rally in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija on Monday, April 25.
In her speech at the "Anehan Na Naman!: Nueva Ecija Miting De Avance", Robredo said the last two weeks is the most crucial time in the campaign.
"Ito po, last two weeks–parang last two minutes sa basketball 'di ba?" she said to the thousands who packed the Gapan City Plaza. "Napaka-lapit na. Excited na po ako na makita kung papano ipaglalaban ng mga kabataan ang ating bayan."
Robredo recalled how she and running mate, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, were both in college in 1986. She recalled that the youth sparked the revolution that year.
"'Yung 1986, ang nagsimula ng rebolusyon mga kabataan. Ngayon po, ang magsisimula ng pagbabago, mga kabataan din,” she said.
But Robredo reminded the crowd that Filipinos do not need a revolution – we only need to use our vote wisely and correctly.
Robredo's return to vote-rich Nueva Ecija marked the start of the campaign's penultimate week.
With 14 days remaining before the crucial May 9 elections, the presidential candidate said supporters should exert all efforts in promoting the good and honest governance the Leni-Kiko tandem are advocating.
She thanked supporters who are helping debunk all the disinformation and fake news that have been thrown at her in the last six years through house-to-house campaigning.
"Ako po masaya ako kasi kanina, kausap ko po 'yung mga volunteers, kausap ko 'yung mga kaparian, nagsasabi po silang sinisipagan namin 'yung pag house-to-house," Robredo said.
She added: "Alam niyo kung bakit mahalaga 'yung pag sipag sa house-to-house? Kasi nabibigyan tayong pagkakataon, nakikipag-usap tao sa tao, puso sa puso. 'Yun 'yung pagkakataon natin para 'yung lahat na kasinungalingan, palitan natin ng katotohanan."
Robredo's children Aika, Tricia, and Jillian, her niece, Dr. Gaile Robredo-Vitas, sister-in-law Dr. Penny Robredo-Bundoc, and supporters from all walks of life, ages, and genders, including the country’s top celebrities, have been leading the house-to-house activities in different provinces across the country since April.
The initiative aims to allow ordinary Filipinos, especially those still undecided for the elections, to get to know Robredo and learn about the programs that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) has been doing since 2016.
"Alam niyo malakas ang loob ko dahil alam ko, 'yung lahat na pera at makinarya, talong talo pag nagkakaisa ang taumbayan. Kaya po ilaban na natin itong huling dalawang linggo, ipanalo na natin ito,” she said. [End]