ELECTIONS 2022: Robredo asks rivals, 'Where were you when Cebu needed help most?'

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Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, a presidential candidate for the 2022 Philippine election, speaks during her campaign rally in Rizal province, Philippines, on April 5, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, a presidential candidate for the 2022 Philippine election, speaks during her campaign rally in Rizal province, Philippines, on April 5, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Despite the incumbent Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia’s One Cebu’s endorsement of Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte tandem and denial of special PUV permits of LTFRB Central Visayas, thousands of Kakampinks still showed up on Robredo-Pangilinan tandem’s CeBoom! Grand People’s Rally 2.0 at Mandaue, Cebu.

Noong 2016, wala pa akong masyadong napapakita sa inyo. Ngayon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon, malakas ang loob kong bumalik sa inyo dahil matitingnan ko kayo, mata sa mata, na ‘yung tiwalang binigay ninyo sa akin … hindi ko kayo binigo,” presidential candidate and Vice President Leni Robredo said.

(In 2016, I haven’t proven anything yet to you. Now, after six years, I can say with all pride that I can look at you, eye to eye, that I haven’t wasted the trust that you’ve given me.)

In her speech, she listed down her office’s several programs and initiatives that helped Cebu when it was hit by Typhoon Odette, and when COVID cases in the province are at an all-time high.

Lahat ng bagyong dumaan, nandito kami. ‘Yung pinakahuling bagyo, noong Typhoon Odette, dalawang araw pagkatapos, nandito na po ako sa Cebu para umpisahan ang aming relief operations,” said Robredo.

(Of all the typhoons that ravaged the province, we were here. When the latest typhoon hit, two days after, I’m already here to spearhead our relief operations.)

Noong nahihirapan ang Cebu sa dami ng COVID cases, nandito po ang OVP para tumulong … Bakit ko po kinukwento sa inyo? Kinukwento ito sa inyo dahil ito ‘yung aming resibo. Resibo na kahit walang eleksyon, andito kami, kasama ninyo kapag kinakailangan ninyo kami,” Robredo added.

(When Cebu was having a hard time because of rising COVID cases, the OVP was here to help … Why am I sharing this with you? I am sharing this because these are our receipts. Receipts that will show that, even if it’s not an election season, we were here, one with you when you need us.)

She also took a shot at other candidates who claim that they care about Cebu but do not show up during the province’s difficult times.

Dapat ang itanong natin sa kanila, paano ba nila ipinakita ‘yung pagmamahal nila sa Cebu? Dahil ang pagmamahal, hindi nadadala sa salita, kundi ipinapakita sa gawa. At dapat ang pagmamahal, lalo itong pinapakita kung walang eleksyon,” said Robredo.

(We have to ask them, how did they show their love for Cebu? Because you show your love not through lip service but by an act of service. And that love should be shown even if it’s not the election.)

Kung naaalala lang tayo tuwing eleksyon, kailangan ba tayong tumiwala sa kanila?” she added.

(If they only remember us every election, must we trust them?)

Meanwhile, It’s Showtime Co-host and Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Big Winner Kim Chiu, who also hails from Cebu, appeared for the first time to campaign for the Leni-Kiko tandem.

Makakaasa po kayo na kasama niyo po ako sa laban na ito. Laban para sa isang gobyernong tapat, angat buhay lahat,” the kapamilya actress said.

Local organizers claimed that more or less 250,000 individuals attended the event. Local police estimated the rally's attendance at 120,000 people.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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