BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental joined the nationwide people’s caravan on October 23, in support to the presidential and vice-presidential bids, respectively, of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, where more than 500 vehicles participated in the province, its organizers disclosed on Saturday.
Pinky Mirano Ocampo, spokesperson of the Laban Leni Negros Occidental (LLNO), disclosed that the caravan was participated in by people as far as from Hinobaan, Kabankalan City, Manapla, Sipalay City, Cadiz, EB Magalona and many other towns and cities, aside from those living in Bacolod City.
Ocampo said they were overwhelmed by the number of participants who attended the motorcade, despite of the rains.
She said that they only used the social media in inviting Negrenses to join the activity. The high turnout of participants, Ocampo said “only shows massive support to VP Leni.”
Organizers of the Para Kay Leni caravan initially expected 300 vehicles to join the motorcycle, which was from the boundary of Talisay-Bacolod in the north, and Singcang Airport, Bacolod City in the south. The groups were to converge at the Pope John Paul 2 tower at the Reclamation Area.
Robredo and Pangilinan are slated to visit Bacolod City and Negros Occidental on November 5, which is also being marked as Negros Island liberation day.
The visit of VP Leni coincides with the al-Cinco de Noviembre commemoration marking the Negrosanons’ uprising and triumph against the Spaniards.
In separate video messages posted on Facebook, Robredo and Pangilinan thanked the organizers for revving up “the beginning of a long journey” going into the polls.
The 90-day campaign season for national candidates will start February 8 next year.*