LIST: Leni Robredo endorsed by these notable groups

NAGA, LUZON, PHILIPPINES - FEBRUARY 08: Supporters of Philippines vice president Leni Robredo flock outside their homes to show their support to her presidential candidacy, on February 8, 2022 in Naga, Luzon, Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos from Bicol, Leni Robredo's home province, showed support as she promises good governance and a government free from corruption. Robredo is running against the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos that was accused and charged of amassing billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth as he assumed the country's top post under martial rule.   (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
NAGA, LUZON, PHILIPPINES - FEBRUARY 08: Supporters of Philippines vice president Leni Robredo flock outside their homes to show their support to her presidential candidacy, on February 8, 2022 in Naga, Luzon, Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos from Bicol, Leni Robredo's home province, showed support as she promises good governance and a government free from corruption. Robredo is running against the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos that was accused and charged of amassing billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth as he assumed the country's top post under martial rule. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

This goes without saying, Leni Robredo has a lot of notable supporters across several interest groups, sectors, and even past administrations.

Here’s a (constantly updated) list of Robredo’s supporters, so far:

Young local government officials

Young officials from the government are "strongly endorsing" Leni Robredo, saying that there is a need to have "a strong leader" with a "solid track record of public service."

They described Robredo as someone who was "incorruptible" and has the "willingness to fight for the rights and welfare of Filipinos."

150+ Human rights lawyers and advocates

Over 150 human rights lawyers and advocates are backing Leni Robredo in her bid for presidency. They cited her experience as part of Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN), and her services as counsel for women, children, urban poor, workers, and fisherfolk.

Retired AFP-PNP officers

Some retired officers of the AFP-PNP are endorsing Vice President Leni Robredo. They believe that she "has the program of action that will address the various things regarding national defensive security."

They also mentioned that Robredo listens to the inputs of the retired officials.

700+ Cavite medical frontliners

More than 700 doctors, nurses, and other allied health professionals endorsed presidential aspirant Robredo.

They mentioned that although they were a group often silent with politics, they recognized the urgency of addressing the country's social illnesses rooted from corruption.

1000+ Lasallian educators

Over a thousand educators from different schools of the De La Salle System expressed their support for Robredo and Pangilinan in their bids for the top two executive positions of the government.

Their decision was guided by the De La Salle Brothers, among other religious formations.

400+ UST faculty members

For the first time in history, over 400 faculty members of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) endorsed Robredo in her bid for presidency.

They described her brand of leadership to be "competent, committed, and compassionate" – characteristics they believe is necessary in running the country in these times.

100+ former and current education heads

At least 100 former and current heads of educational institutions forged a unity statement supporting Robredo for president and Pangilinan for vice president.

They support the tandem's plans for the educational sector, and believe that they will solve the country's "learning crisis."

150 law professors

150 professors from different law schools are endorsing Robredo, calling for a #GobyernongTapat (Honest Government). They clarified, however, that while they support Robredo in the elections, they will maintain to be critical of her performance, should she become president.

ADMU Department of Theology

The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Department of Theology expressed their support for the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem, for embodying “the ideals of exemplary leadership untainted by corruption” and for having the competencies to alleviate the problems of society.

Constitutional framers

No less than the framers of the 1987 Constitution are supporting Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan, saying that they "conform to the imperatives expressed in the Basic Charter" that they worked on. They did so in memory of the late Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Chito Gascon, among other colleagues.

Former NEDA officials and employees

Over 500 former officials and employees of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) endorses Robredo, believing that she "is the only candidate with a clear platform for inclusive and empowered citizenry to reduce poverty, improve access to and effective delivery of services, transparent public financial management and good governance."

Couples for Christ International Council

In an unprecedented move, the individual members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) International Council came up with a decision to endorse Leni Robredo for presidency. They clarified, however, that their decision is not imposed upon its members, even citing their pastoral letter on December 5, 2021, citing that CFC as an institution does not endorse candidates or parties.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ex-officials

47 officials who worked under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying that “With her, we stay safe, restore our economy and social fabric, and keep our Republic whole and secure.”

Philippine Bar Association

Robredo resonated with past presidents of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), describing her as someone who "has built a life serving the poorest of the poor." PBA is a volunteer organization for those in the legal profession. Leni did pro bono legal work for Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN/Center for Alternative Legal Care).

Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s Priory, Manila

The Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s Priory, Manila vouched not just for Leni Robredo, but also for vice presidential aspirant Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and their senatorial slate.

The religious formation listed out characteristics they wish to see in the candidates, such as a "clear and focused and based on concrete platforms" vision, a good track record, and "marked by goodness of character."

7 former solons, 9 government officials

Seven former congressmen and nine former executive officials expressed their support for Leni, saying that she “has the political will to rebuild our sordid past, engender hope and inspiration among our people regardless of social standing, and bring about change that has long eluded us.”

Indigenous women leaders

Four women indigenous leaders are making their support known for Robredo, after their tribes fell victim to anti-insurgency programs of President Rodrigo Duterte. According to Jennevie Cornelio, they “cannot allow another leader that will instill violence in our communities.”

200+ former UN workers

More than 200 former workers of the United Nations (UN) announced their support for the presidential aspirant, saying that she is the embodiment of "honesty, integrity, strength, and courage."

FVR cabinet members

Former cabinet members under the Fidel V. Ramos administration released a statement of support for Leni Robredo, going against the endorsed candidate of Lakas-CMD, the party that Ramos' founded.

Lakas-CMD is backing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for vice president, who is in tandem with Bongbong Marcos.

160+ economists

More than 260 economists are backing Leni Robredo. The list of signatories include six director-generals of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), namely Solita Collas-Monsod, Cielito Habito, Erlinda Medalla, Dante Canlas, Ernesto Pernia, and Emmanuel Esguerra.

The 1911 Brothers Community

Religious society De La Salle Brothers of the Taft Community is endorsing both Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan, claiming that they “defended our fundamental liberties” and will “continue to work in solidarity with those who empower and improve the plight of the poor and vulnerable sectors.”

PNoy ex-officials

About a hundred members of the late Benigno Aquino III’s cabinet committed their support for Robredo, wanting a president “that is inclusive and consultative and that will respond to criticism with an openness to dialogue.”

In contrast, other candidates have received endorsements from various groups and individuals as well. Marcos got the support of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Martial Law architect Juan Ponce Enrile, and US sexual harassment convict Apollo Quiboloy.

Moreno got Ralph Recto and Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Council. Lacson got Vic Sotto, Benjamin Magalong, and the Hi-Land Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative. Congress absentee Manny Pacquiao got the support of Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives (PROMDI).

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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