Robredo will launch Angat Buhay NGO on July 1

Supporters of presidential candidate Leni Robredo attend a thanksgiving rally following the national elections, in Quezon City, Philippines, May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Supporters of presidential candidate Leni Robredo attend a thanksgiving rally following the national elections, in Quezon City, Philippines, May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

During her thanksgiving event on Friday, outgoing vice president Leni Robredo is launching the “Angat Buhay (Lift Life) NGO (Non-Government Organization)” at the start of July – the same day presumptive president and dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s term is supposed to begin.

The Robredo camp anticipates that the NGO will be “the largest volunteer group” in the country.

"Unang araw ng Hulyo, ilulunsad ang Angat Buhay NGO,” Robredo said. “Bubuuin ang pinakamalawak na volunteer center sa kasaysayan ng bansa. Tuloy tayo sa pagtungo sa mga nasa laylayan at sa pag-ambagan para umangat sila"”

(First day of July, the Angat Buhay NGO will be launched. The widest volunteer center in the history of the country will be formed. We continue to serve those who are in the margins and contribute in their uplifting.)

She mentioned that the group’s formation is based off volunteer efforts that happened throughout her vice presidency, saying “Nagawa natin ito kahit maliit lang ang pondo at makinarya sa taggapan ng pangalawang pangulo (We were able to do this despite the limited funds and machinery in the Office of the Vice President).”

The vice president emphasized that the group will be “non-selective” to service.

"Hindi tayo mamimili ng tutulungan. Wala tayong tatalikuran. Ipapakita natin ang buong pwersa ng radikal na pagmamahal," she mentioned.

(We will not choose who to serve. We won’t turn our backs on anybody. We will show the full force of radical love.)

In response to Robredo’s announcement, her supporter “Kakampinks” shouted in unison: “Kasama kami (We’re in)!

Robredo mentioned before that she is thinking of auctioning some of the gifts she received to help fund projects.

She made this announcement during her thanksgiving rally in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

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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