VP Leni calls for people empowerment to change country’s political landscape 40,000 fill boulevard named after Robredo’s husband, Jesse, for people’s rally

April 14, 2022

Vice President Leni Robredo said that every citizen should take part in changing the political landscape in the country.

At the Robredo Masbateños People’s Rally, on Wednesday, April 13, the presidential candidate said that the power to change the future of the country does not rest on the politicians who were elected, but rather, on the people themselves.

‘[K]ailangan maintindihan natin na nasa kamay natin ang kapangyarihan para magbago ang ating lugar… ang eleksyon pagkakataon para pumili tayo ng tamang mga lingkod bayan,” Robredo said.

If elected President in the May 9 elections, Robredo vowed to work with the people of Masbate to bring progress and development in the resource-rich but ironically, impoverished, province.

“Pero kailangan po tayong magtulong-tulong. Hindi po namin kakayanin na kami lang ‘yung magdadala ng pagbabago. Dapat taumbayan mismo ang magdadala ng pagbabago, pero dadalhin lang ‘yan ng taumbayan kung may tiwala siya sa kaniyang gobyerno,” Robredo said.

Despite the early morning schedule, a 40,000-strong crowd showed up for the people’s rally for Robredo and her running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

Wearing a rodeo hat, Robredo joined the youth volunteers in dancing the “Lapay” dance, which mimics the graceful movements of seagulls, called “lapay”.

She also told the crowd that she was often in Masbate from 2005 to 2007 to conduct training seminars and how Masbateños impressed her with their dedication to their work, waking up early in the morning if they had partied the night before.

On a serious note in her speech, Robredo said she and Pangilinan both have a long list of “resibo” – or proof – of their work for the people.

“Kapag sinabi po nating gobyernong tapat gustong sabihin, ang pangako namin sa inyo matitino at mahuhusay na lingkod-bayan. Pag matino at mahusay ang lingkod-bayan, ang pera ng taumbayan napapangalagaan dahil walang nahuhulog sa korapsyon. Alam po natin na napakalaking pera ng taumbayan napupunta lang sa korapsyon imbes na itulong na sa taumbayan,” she said.

She also promised that a Robredo-Pangilinan administration will give equal attention to all provinces: “Walang lugar na maliit, walang lugar na malayo, walang lugar na mahirap puntahan dahil anuman ang pangangailangan na sa amin, nandiyan po kami sa inyo.”

Throughout her speech, the people showed their appreciation for Robredo and Pangilinan. They brought their placards – already a mainstay in all of the people’s rallies. One read: “Jesse would be proud.”

The people filled the long stretch of boulevard named after the Vice President’s late husband, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Robredo said that in the entire Bicol region, it is only in Masbate that there is a road named after Jesse. It was a poignant remark as she mentioned that the road was very near where her husband’s plane crashed, killing him.

“Bawat bisita ko sa Masbate, isang emotional na visit para sa akin. Lalong lalo na kasi 'yung venue ng ating rally ngayon, dito sa Robredo Boulevard,” she said.

At the Masbate City Hall, Robredo had her photo taken beside the seal of good governance plaque that Jesse presented to the City of Masbate in 2011 as Interior Secretary. She also gently touched the plaque. [End]

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