VP Leni vows to improve internet connectivity, electricity in Siquijor if elected President

April 21, 2022

If elected as President, Vice President Leni Robredo promised to improve internet connection and electricity in Siquijor that will bring progress to the third smallest province in the country.

“[D]ito sa Siquijor, alam po natin na meron tayong mga kahirapan na pinagdadaanan… ‘Yung amin pong pangako ay tututukan natin ‘yun dahil ‘yung progress mangyayari lamang pag maayos ang ating kuryente, maayos ang ating internet connection,” Robredo said in her speech at the Capital Square in Siquijor where thousands of her supporters gathered on Wednesday, April 20.

She said that she told Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa that should she be given the chance to become President, they would attend to the development of the international port to bring investments and employments to Siquijor.

“ ‘Pag binuhusan po ng pera ng national government ang isang lugar gaya ng Siquijor, ang pinakapangako nito, trabaho, mas magandang buhay para sa lahat,” Robredo said of the Mystic Island of Central Visayas, which she last visited in 2019.

At height of the pandemic, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) sent personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and medical supplies to hospitals and Regional Health Units in the province.

“Alam ko po ang Siquijor hindi parating binibisita, ‘di ba? Bakit kaya hindi parating binibisita ang Siquijor ng mga politikong nasyonal kahit pa napakaganda ng lugar ninyo? Bihirang mabisita dahil konti ang botante dito. At ‘yun ‘yung diperensya ng ating pulitika. ‘Pag konti ang botante, hindi na inaasikaso ng national government officials ang lugar,” Robredo said in the “SiquiRose: Leni-Kiko People’s Rally” in Larena on the same day.

“Kami po sa Office of the Vice President, mas malayo, mas maliit, mas mahirap puntahan, mas lalo kaming nandiyan. Saan mang sulok ng Pilipinas, lahat na sakuna halos lagi kami 'yung nauunang pumunta,” she added.

Siquijor, the smallest province in the Central Visayas region, only has a voting population of about 65,000 in the coming election. Its capital, the Municipality of Siquijor, has around 22,000 voters out of its 30,000 population.

Siquijor Mayor Richard Quezon, who joined Robredo on stage at the Capital Square gathering, together with Vice Mayor Teodoro Jumawan, Jr. and the town’s local officials, is confident Robredo will see a repeat of her landslide victory in his town in the 2016 vice-presidential race, where Robredo tallied over 30,000 votes in the entire province against Alan Peter Cayetano’s 7,000 and Bongbong Marcos’ 5,000.

“When you talk about leadership, malinis si Leni. ‘Yung si Marcos naman, ang background sa family nila, talagang nagma-Martial Law. Very dangerous ‘pag si Marcos ang manalo, especially may utang sila. Hindi sila nagbabayad sa gobyerno, lalo na hindi magbabayad kung sila ang manalo,” Quezon said. “Kung tatanungin lang ako, when you talk about intelligent voting, kung ikukumpara mong lahat, talagang si Leni ang the best.”

Quezon emphasized Robredo’s track record of helping the poor, advocating women’s rights, and serving as a volunteer lawyer for marginalized people

“Talking of public service, I know the record of Leni kaya sabi ko nga, kahit matalo si Leni, win or lose, Leni ako,” Quezon said.

While Siquijor turned pink on Wednesday, Robredo reminded her supporters that if she wins the presidential race, she will be a President for all.

“[M]arami dito sa ating naka-pink pero dapat ang ating puso bukas kahit hindi sa kakampi. Dahil tayo po, ‘pag tayo naging Pangulo, wala tayong kulay na titignan… Kahit po hindi kakampink, mahalin natin sila. Kahit po iba ‘yung kulay na gamit, mahalin natin dahil sa dulo ng lahat, magkakapatid tayo. Tulong-tulong tayo sa pag-ayos ng ating bayan,” Robredo said. [End]

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