TAGUM CITY, Philippines – In Davao del Norte’s capital metropolis of Tagum, what was as soon as deemed unimaginable grew to become actuality: Pantaleon Alvarez, the person who as soon as sought to question Leni Robredo as vice chairman, led tens of hundreds of Davaoeños in chanting her identify.
“Leni! Leni! Leni!” cheered the Davao del Norte 1st consultant onstage on Thursday night time, April 7, his left hand raised in a fist as he hyped up his province mates in supporting Robredo’s uphill battle for the presidency.
The Tagum Metropolis authorities stated over 35,000 “Kakampinks” trooped to the New Metropolis Corridor grounds that day regardless of the chances Robredo is dealing with in the land of Duterte.
In comparison with Robredo’s previous mammoth rallies in different provinces, the group build-up in Tagum was a gradual burn, owing to the rain that drenched the supporters in the afternoon.
However when night time fell, as Robredo took the stage, she was met with the acquainted sight of a sea of pink waving their flags and handmade placards to cheer her on.
“Morning has come. Time to wake up, Mindanao. Let’s go all the way for Leni!” stated Alvarez in Bisaya, additional driving the group right into a frenzy.
He stated what the Philippines wants now’s a robust mom determine like Robredo.
“The Philippines is faced with a big problem, that’s why we need a mother who is hardworking and diligent, and who has genuine compassion for the people,” the previous Home speaker added.
Robredo’s working mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan, nevertheless, was not invited to attend the rally in Tagum. Alvarez and Partido Reporma will proceed to help the vice presidential bid of Senate President Vicente Sotto III, the working mate of former celebration standard-bearer Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Six years in the past, it will have been unthinkable for Alvarez and Davaoeños to overtly help Robredo this manner.
Robredo has been the opposition chief in the course of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, whose daughter, Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte, is working for vice chairman. Sara Duterte’s standard-bearer is dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Robredo’s bitter rival.
Alvarez was as soon as Duterte’s fierce assault canine, concentrating on Robredo in the previous each time she criticized the President’s abusive insurance policies. He has since turn out to be an opposition determine to the Dutertes when Sara Duterte assist plot his ouster as Home speaker in 2018.
Alvarez’s difficult political previous with Robredo is water beneath the bridge now that that the 2 unlikely however strategic allies have discovered themselves on the identical aspect, pushing to withstand the return of the Marcoses to Malacañang.
Robredo and Alvarez stated in separate Rappler interviews that their new alliance isn’t transactional, with the latter not asking for something in alternate for the political equipment he’s now tapping for the Vice President. (READ: Robredo on alliance with Alvarez in Davao: ‘Wala talagang hiningi na kahit ano’)
If she wins, Robredo advised the group in Tagum Metropolis she would help Davao the identical approach as her personal bailiwick, Bicol.
“Ang ipapangako ko po sa inyo, na ‘pag ako binigyan ‘nyo ng pagkakataon, ‘yung pagmamahal ko sa pinanggalingan kong probinsya, pareho din ng pagmamahal ko sa inyo,” stated Robredo.
(My promise to you, for those who give me the prospect to serve you, the love I’ve been giving to the province the place I got here from would be the similar love I shall be giving to you.)
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Alvarez had promised Robredo tens of hundreds of supporters would attend her rally in Tagum, and he delivered.
Alvarez’s pledge of allegiance to Robredo additionally helped her safe the help of Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, and 9 of the 11 mayors in the province, together with Tagum Metropolis Mayor Allan Rellon. The native leaders raised Robredo’s fingers twice in the course of the grand rally.
Their resolution to come back out for Robredo gave a lift to her supporters in Davao del Norte just like the Apolinares household, who admitted that they had fears of overtly backing Robredo in a area dominated by the Dutertes.
However for Rennel Apolinares, this offers all of them the extra motive to take their probabilities on the lone feminine presidential candidate.
“Definitely there’s a part of me that is really afraid, but because of that fear, that fuels my courage to really to fight… Even for a Davaoeno living in this place, we shouldn’t have fear in our hearts. And ito ang dapat nating ipaglaban dito sa Davao (And this is what we must fight for here in Davao),” Rennel advised Rappler.
Rennel and his sister Ailen got here to the rally with their mom, their pink umbrella matching the colour of their shirts.
Requested why they’re backing Robredo, the siblings spoke of her corruption-free observe report and her “resibo” or proof of working efficient anti-poverty and pandemic applications regardless of the small price range given to the Workplace of the Vice President.
Ailen, in specific, additionally favored that Robredo has been in a position to give concrete plans for abroad Filipino (OFWs) staff like her.
“Ako kasi isang OFW, tapos siya lang ‘yung nakitaan ko na may konkretong plano para sa mga OFW. Naiintindihan ‘nya kami kung ano ‘yung mga kailangan namin, kung bakit kami umaalis sa Pilipnas,” stated Ailen.
(I’m an OFW and she or he’s the one candidate in whom I noticed concrete plans for OFWs. She understands us and our wants, why we needed to go away the Philippines.)
Robredo had vowed to forge bilateral agreements with overseas governments to make sure that the social advantages they take pleasure in overseas will proceed even when they retire in the Philippines, and in addition to set up provincial migrant staff’ places of work to help OFW households as properly.
Robredo’s vow: ‘I will be a president of all colors’
In her speech, Robredo heaped praises on Alvarez, Jubahib, and Rellon, earlier than thanking them for setting apart their political variations in the identify of fine governance.
She then appeared to take a jab on the so-called “unity” that the Marcos Jr.-Duterte tandem retains on harping on in the absence of an in depth platform.
“Ang tunay pong pagkakaisa, nagmumula sa pagmamahal sa ating bayan. Ang pagkakaisa po hindi lang ito pagkakaisa ng mga politiko, pero pagkakaisa ng lahat na naniniwala na kailangan tayo nagtulung-tulungan dahil ito lang ‘yung pagkakataon na para ‘yung ninanais natin na pagbabago ating makamtan,” stated Robredo.
(True unity stems from love of nation. That is unity not simply of politicians, however of everybody who believes that we should work collectively to deliver concerning the change all of us need to occur.)
Robredo completed solely third in Davao area in the 2016 vice presidential race. Davaoeños needed Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s working mate then, as their vice chairman, adopted by Marcos Jr.
However Robredo reminded her supporters in Tagum that she didn’t enable her electoral loss in Davao to cease her from serving to the area over the previous six years.
She cited the aid operations she helped lead in occasions of calamities, and the help she supplied residents her in the course of the coronavirus disaster.
Dealing with her pink-clad supporters in Tagum Metropolis, Robredo made a vow: Her presidency wouldn’t favor any political colours.
“Kahit po ‘yung mga supporters natin, kadalasan nagsusuot ng pink. ‘Pag tayo po naging pangulo na, pangulo tayo ng lahat na kulay, dahil kung tinitingnan pa po natin ang politika, kawawa ang taumbayan,” stated Robredo.
(Our supporters often put on pink. However after I turn out to be president, I’d be the president of all colours, as a result of if we solely take into account politics, our countrymen would undergo.)
In flip Davaoeño “Kakampinks” made their very own promise to Robredo: “Babawi kami (We will make it up to you).” – Rappler.com