BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Representatives of numerous sectoral groups in Negros Occidental have jointly proclaimed Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan as their candidates of choice for the positions of president and vice-president, respectively, disputing claims that VP Leni supporters in the province are “elitists”.
In a proclamation statement read by former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela on Tuesday night at the gathering of VP Leni volunteers held at the Acacia Hotel Convention Hall in Bacolod City, they said they are giving their all-out support and total commitment to Robredo, whom they described as a “leader that they can trust without reservations.”
In a statement, they said “We are Filipinos who dream of a better life for all, we are citizens who want a government we can trust, a government that truly serves its people. We want servant leaders with integrity, competence and compassion. Led by a President we can depend on, a President who can help us rebuild our broken nation.”
“We are thus one in proclaiming our full support and total commitment to the leader we can trust without reservation, the one and only Leni Gerona Robredo! We also proclaim our support for Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and Team Leni-Kiko,” they added.
Several days before the campaign period ends, Robredo called on her Negrense supporters to exert more efforts to win more votes in their house-to-house campaign.
Speaking before an estimated crowd of 15,000 in Bago City, prior to the proclamation at a Bacolod City hotel, Robredo admitted that she is facing an uphill battle for the highest position in the country.
But she urged her supporters to continue to keep the faith.
Robredo, who is trailing behind Ferdinand Marcos Jr in presidential surveys, said that money, political machineries and power, is no match to the will of the people.
“The power for change is in the hands of the people,” she stressed.
In the 2016 elections, Robredo prevailed over Marcos, who had the endorsement of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in the vice-presidential race, in Negros Occidental.
Marcos recently got the INC endorsement for the presidential race.
“Whatever is the outcome of the election, continue the fight,” Robredo told her supporters, who yesterday held a stationary caravan send-off ceremony, from the Silay City proper to the airport.
Hundreds of “Kakampinks” braved humidity and intense heat just to bid goodbye to Robredo, who thanked them for the send-off ceremony.*