BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Two of the biggest families in the Philippines held simultaneous solidarity event in Bacolod, Iloilo and Makati Saturday to show that they are determined to convince and convert voters to make the obvious right choice – Leni and Kiko.
The event, which started with a prayer for clean and honest elections and for the victory of their presidential candidate Leni Robredo and runningmate Kiko Pangilinan, intended to show that the Ledesmas and Aranetas are a united family where majority of its members reject the presidential bid of the former dictator’s son, despite his wife being a relative of both families.
Members of both families, clad in pink and waving their festive banners, walked around the Capitol Lagoon with their pet dogs wearing pink ribbons and pink outfits labelled “Leni Dapat.”
After the walk, the family members held a “palugaw” arroz caldo and pink pandesal was served to trisikad drivers and people who passed by the lagoon.
Jim Milabo, kin of Liza Marcos, said about 90 percent of their relatives are supporting the presidential bid of Robredo for good governance.
Businessman Rafael “Paeng” Golez, former undersecretary and former Sugar Regulatory Administration board member during the Arroyo administration, said the Ledesmas and Aranetas want a decent and honest president elected on May 9 in the person of Leni, who they believe is the most qualified candidate. She is dedicated, hardworking, intelligent and compassionate. They hope and pray that she and Pangilinan get elected.
Nenet Gonzaga, a descendant of the Aranetas from Bago, said “We see Leni as a very good leader and we entrust the future of our future generation to her.”
Compared to other presidential candidates they believe she has all the qualities of a good leader, she added.
Neg. Occ. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson commended the Ledesma and Araneta family for initiating the unity walk not only in the province but also in Manila and lloilo.
“As what l have preciously said, l have been in public service for more than 30 years. I have seen a lot of elections, yet l have never known a candidate inspire volunteerism as much as our candidate, Leni Robredo, and today is another manifestation of such rarity,” the governor said.
Former Neg. Occ. Gov. Lito Coscolluela was set to attend the event but was out of town due to an emergency.*