Thousands turn up at Leni-Kiko rally in Bohol despite no local endorsements

Thousands turn up at Leni-Kiko rally in Bohol despite no local endorsements

While Vice President Leni Robredo was not able to secure the endorsement of any local chief executive during her visit to Bohol on Friday, April 1, tens of thousands still turned up at the People’s Grand Rally at the old city airport in Tagbilaran City for the presidential candidate and her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

According to estimates of event organizers, over 80,000 people attended the Friday night rally.

It was Robredo’s last stop of her campaign tour in Bohol province after visiting the towns of Jagna and Talibon earlier on Friday.

Robredo won in Bohol during the 2016 vice presidential race with over 276,000 votes, while the current survey frontrunner, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was at a distant third place with over 80,000 votes.

During the 2016 elections, a majority of the local chief executives were members of the then-ruling Liberal Party. This time, however, Robredo is campaigning in a province as an opposition candidate with no local chief executive endorsements.

No local government officials appeared at the grand rally either but the mood remained festive, sustained by the enthusiasm and energy of the audience.

Robredo remained hopeful that her volunteer-driven campaign would be the key to victory in Bohol this time around.

Ako po happy naman ako na ipinaglalaban ‘nyo ako. Pero para makapagkumbinse tayo, huwag tayong makipag-away. ‘Yun po ‘yung sinasabi natin: radikal na pagmamahal,” Robredo said.

(I’m happy that you’re fighting for me. But in order for us to convince others, let’s not fight. That’s why we say: radical love.)

Robredo was with Pangilinan and several members of her senatorial slate including Chel Diokno and Senator Dick Gordon, while other bets spoke to Boholanos via representatives.

Pangilinan thanked the Boholanons for choosing him the last three times he ran for the Senate. He served as senator for two consecutive terms from 2001 to 2013, and then again since 2016.

He reiterated that even without any endorsements in Bohol, it will be the people who would decide who the next president and vice president will be.

Sa pamamagitan ng ating boto, tayo ang pinakamakangyarihan sa araw ng halalan, dahil tayo magpapasya sino ang uupo sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa ating gobyerno. Tayo ang makapangyarihan, hindi ang mga pulitiko ang makapangyarihan,” Pangilinan said.

(Through our vote, we are the most powerful people on election day, because we are the ones who would decide who would assume the highest office in government. We are the ones who are powerful, not the politicians.)

During the Jagna rally, the tandem encouraged supporters to join house-to-house campaign efforts as the tandem strives to boost their numbers in the pre-election surveys.

Pulse Asia’s most recent survey taken from February 18 to 23 showed Robredo at far second place with a voter’s preference of 15% to Marcos’ 60%.

Add Comment