The momentum of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo’s campaign was on full display at the CEBOOM! Cebu People’s Rally 2.0 on Thursday night, April 21, as the mammoth crowd chanted “Daog na ta! (We already won!”) with two weeks to go before the May 9 presidential elections.
Local police and event organizers placed the crowd estimate between 150,000 to 250,000. Aerial photos showed a packed North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.
Robredo was grateful for the Cebu’s show of support, posting photos soon after the event, and tweeted:
“What a wonderful way to end the day – glimmers of hope as far as the eye could see. Daghang salamat, Cebu, for showing that power truly lies in the people. Daugon na nato ni,” Robredo said, ending it with two sparkling pink hearts emojis.
At the rally, the crowd chanted “Daog na ta! (We already won)”. Cebu appears eager to repeat the victory they gave Robredo in the 2016 vice presidential elections where she received more than 800,000 votes from the country’s most vote-rich province.
“Alam niyo ang sinisigaw niyo: ‘Walang One Cebu.’ Siguro walang One Cebu ng mga politiko, pero may One Cebu ng ordinaryong Cebuano,” Robredo said onstage.
“Ngayong gabi, pinapakita natin na ang kapangyarihan nasa kamay natin. Paminsan po may pag alinlangan. Papaano kaya 'yan mukhang karamihan sa mga politiko nagsamasama na? Paano kaya 'yan wala tayong pera, wala tayong makinarya? Pero ngayong gabi, pinakita natin, walang sinabi ang pera at makinarya sa nagkakaisang taumbayan,” she added.
As she barnstormed Cebu province on Thursday, Robredo paid tribute to the people’s campaign, making sure that she went to the communities and pressed flesh with the people who had waited under the searing summer heat just to see her.
She went to Bantayan Island, Danao, and Bogo City for the campaign, but made side trips to Tabuelan, a small seaside town that was able to purchase ambulance units with help from the Office of the Vice President (OVP), and Tuburan, where the OVP helped coffee farmers in the installation of a solar-powered irrigation system.
“Nakakataba talaga ng puso sa tuwing nakikita at naririnig namin ang kwento ng pag-angat ng aming Angat Buhay communities,” Robredo said in a tweet. She shared photos of her visit to Tuburan, where she was accompanied by her running mate, Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
Robredo’s visits to smaller, faraway towns throughout the campaign was a manifestation of her promise once she becomes President: She will bring government to the farthest, most remote places of the country to serve the people.
At the grand rally, Robredo said that she returned to Cebu, confident to show the people that she had not failed them.
“Noong 2016, wala pa akong masyadong nagpapakita sa inyo. Ngayon po, pagkatapos ng anim na taon, malakas ang loob kong bumalik dito sa inyo dahil matitingnan ko kayo, mata sa mata, na 'yung tiwalang binigay niyo sa akin noong 2016, hindi ko po kayo binigo,” Robredo said.
“Dito po sa Cebu, lahat na sakuna, nandito po kami. Lahat na bagyong dumaan, nandito po kami,” she said.
Robredo asked her supporters for one final push in the remaining days of the campaign, to go on a house-to-house, person-to-person campaign:
“Ang hinihiling po namin sa inyo, hanggang Mayo a-nuebe, samahan niyo kami sa laban na ito. Maipangangako niyo ba 'yan sa amin na sasamahan niyo kami sa laban? Kaya pa bang humirit? Kaya pa bang kumumbinsi ng hindi pa kumbinsido? Handa ba tayong kumatok hindi lang sa pintuan pero sa puso ng ating mga kababayan?”
As the people cheered, Robredo rallied them: “Tara! Ipanalo na natin ito!” [End]