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Kapampangans go big for Leni-Kiko


A PRESIDENT OF ALL COLORS. Vice President Leni Robredo pays respects to supporters as she promises to be a president for all colors. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

A PRESIDENT OF ALL COLORS. Vice President Leni Robredo pays respects to supporters as she guarantees to be a president for all colours. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

LOVE YOU. Presidential candidate VP Leni Robredo and running mate Sen. Kiko Pangilinan flash the love sign in appreciation to the mammoth crowd that gathered in Pampanga on April 9, 2022. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

LOVE YOU. Presidential candidate VP Leni Robredo and working mate Sen. Kiko Pangilinan flash the love register appreciation to the mammoth crowd that gathered in Pampanga on April 9, 2022. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

MANALAKARAN. Thousands of “kakampinks” troop to Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando for Manalakaran (standing up) grand peoples' rally. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

MANALAKARAN. Hundreds of “kakampinks” troop to Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando for Manalakaran (standing up) grand peoples’ rally. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

TREATS. Volunteers dished out free food including ice cream sandwich during the rally. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

TREATS. Volunteers dished out free meals together with ice cream sandwich throughout the rally. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

BUSINESS SECTOR SUPPORT. Officials of the Pampanga Chamber Commerce and Industry, Inc. met with Vice President Leni Robredo at Hacienda Romero where they threw their support behind her candidacy. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

BUSINESS SECTOR SUPPORT. Officers of the Pampanga Chamber Commerce and Trade, Inc. met with Vice President Leni Robredo at Hacienda Romero the place they threw their assist behind her candidacy. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

GIANT LANTERN FOR LENI-KIKO. A supporter stands before one of three giant lanterns featured in Manalakaran 2022. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

GIANT LANTERN FOR LENI-KIKO. A supporter stands earlier than one in every of three big lanterns featured in Manalakaran 2022. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

RAINING PINK. A chopper drops pink confetti to the delight of supporters waving Philippine flags. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

RAINING PINK. A chopper drops pink confetti to the delight of supporters waving Philippine flags. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

RAINING PINK. A chopper drops pink confetti to the delight of supporters waving Philippine flags. (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

RAINING PINK. A chopper drops pink confetti to the delight of supporters waving Philippine flags. (Photograph courtesy of VP Leni Media Bureau)

FROM lower than a thousand people who confirmed up for Vice President Leni Robredo throughout her first go to as an official presidential candidate in Metropolis of San Fernando in October 2021, the assist grew right into a mammoth crowd over the weekend on April 9, 2022, with the staging of the most important rally but for the reason that begin of the official marketing campaign season.

An estimated of 220,000-strong supporters stood tall for the Robredo and vice-presidential aspirant Kiko Pangilinan regardless of the vocal assist of distinguished Pampanga chief former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the tandem’s closest rivals Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio.

In her speech, Robredo expressed gratitude for the “overwhelming” assist confirmed by Kapampangans, saying she didn’t count on such a turnout as she didn’t win within the province in 2016.

“Noong ako ay nagfile ng candidacy, ang sabi ko sa inyo: Tumindig kayo at makikita ninyo, may titindig sa tabi ninyo. At hindi ako nagkamali. Noong una akong nagpunta dito, kakaunti lang ang aking mga kausap. Bawat balik ko, parami ng parami. Ngayong gabi, eksakto isang buwan bago ang eleksyon, ganito na tayo karami,” mentioned Robredo earlier than the ocean of pink supporters.

The lone feminine presidential candidate mentioned by no means in her goals did she assume that she is going to stand onstage earlier than a crowd numbering to greater than 200,000.

“Pinaparamdam niyo sa amin, na hindi niyo lang ako mahal, pero talagang napakalaki ng pagmamahal niyo sa taumbayan,” she mentioned.

Robredo added that the sacrifices of volunteers throughout the Pampanga have been a manifestation of their patriotism and their craving for a reform within the authorities.

“Siguro kung hinakot kayo o bayad kayo, kanina pa kayo nag-aalisan. Pero tinitiis ninyo ang pagod, ang init, ang gutom dahil uhaw na uhaw na kayo sa mabuting pamamahala at ito ang pagkakataon para isigaw na ninyo: Kailangan na natin ng pagbabago,” she mentioned.

Robredo expressed appreciation on the volunteerism proven by Kapampangans that pulled off such grand occasion, which showcased the creativity, artistry and expertise and unity of locals.

She notably lauded the colourful and creative welcome arch, the three big lanterns particularly made for her, Pangilinan and their senatorial slate, and the varied Kapampangan crafts and treats introduced and shared voluntary by and amongst attendees.

“‘Diba ito ang tunay na pagbabayanihan? Ito ang tunay na pagmamahal na ninanais natin para sa ating bayan. Ito ang tunay na pagkakaisa. Pagkakaisa hindi ng interes ng mga pulitiko pero pagkakaisa ng taumbayan na dala ng pagmamahal para sa bayan nating Pilipinas,” Robredo said.

Despite her political loss in 2016, Robredo said it did not stop her from personally visiting and bringing the programs of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) in Pampanga.

Among the programs that benefitted Pampanga are the Vaccine Express to San Fernando twice during the pandemic, and helping out with medical assistance of P10.5 million, as well as the distribution of PPEs, antigen tests, and medical supplies to 47 different medical institutions all across the province.

From livelihood programs for farmers in Floridablanca and Lubao, to setting up community learning hubs in Magalang and Guagua, to giving tablets to students in Mabalacat and Angeles, to helping out of school youth in Mexico, the OVP has helped the province in so many ways.

“Ang obligasyon namin: dapat kami maging lingkod-bayan sa kahit anong kulay. Ngayon, marami sa inyo naka-pink pero pag ako naging Pangulo, magiging Pangulo hindi lang ng mga naka-pink pero magiging Pangulo ako ng lahat na kulay,” Robredo said.

Prior to the grand rally in the capital city, supporters also showed up at the Angeles City People’s Rally.

The opposition candidate additionally met with enterprise leaders of the province’s medium-sized and enormous corporations on the Residencia Romero within the Metropolis of San Fernando.

Led by Rene Romero of the Romac Group, they declared their assist for each Robredo and her working mate Pangilinan, making it the primary time for a bunch of businessmen in Pampanga to make their selection public.

Mayor Edwin Santiago raised the fingers of each Robredo and Pangilinan on the grand individuals’s rally.

“Nagkaisa po ang mga Fernandino, Kapampangan at Pilipino. Ang mga Kapampangan ay naniniwala sa pagbabago, pagbabago bunga ng gobyernong tapat, pagbabago para sa ating mga anak at sa susunod na henerasyon,” he mentioned.

Santiago recalled that he was a kind of who have been convincing Robredo to run for president someday in March 2021.

“Ang sabi ko po sa kaniya, mag-file lang siya ng candidacy maraming tatayo at tataya para sa kaniya. Ngayong araw na ito ay patunay na kapag tumindig ka, may titindig sa tabi mo. Ang unang tumindig, ang pinili niyang maging bise, ang ating kababayan, Senador Kiko Pangilinan,” he mentioned. (Princess Clea Arcellaz)





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