Robredo admits the lack of machines
October 11, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said yesterday that she faced the difficulty of the lack of political mechanisms, but was heartened by the overwhelming support she had received since announcing her candidacy for the Presidency.
“We know how difficult it is not to have the machines right now, unlike 2016. We don’t have the resources, which is essential in a campaign, because we weren’t prepared,” said Robredo in Filipino on his weekly radio show.
Unlike others who had been preparing for their presidential aspirations for years, Robredo said she had none at all.
“But I have always said that even though we face difficulties, when we feel the need to do what is right, we are ready to go through the trials,” she said.
Robredo thanked the audience for the support she received after applying for the presidency last Thursday.
“We did not expect an overwhelming reaction from the population. We thought only our old supporters would be happy. But what we are seeing now is very different, ”said the vice president, adding that she was basing her hopes on this wave of support.
Support from Negros
Among these are the VICMICO Planters Association, the VICMICO Multipurpose Planters ‘Cooperative and the VMC Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative in Negros Occidental.
The group of sugar growers and cooperatives have called Robredo a “servant leader” who “is beholden to no one, nor to any ideology other than serving the Filipinos”.
“Service leadership is not easy. It’s very hard. But it can be sustained if one decides that this is how life is to be lived, for service and for others, ”the statement read.
Former Negros Occidental governor Rafael Coscolluela, a leader of the Negros for Leni (N4L) movement, urged Filipinos across the country to support Robredo’s presidential candidacy.
On October 8, his supporters celebrated his declaration of presidential candidacy by deploying a festive caravan from Silay City to the north and Bago City to the south to converge on South Capitol Road in Bacolod City.
Robredo revealed that his previous intention was to back a candidate whose principles aligned with his position on important issues, help efforts to unify the opposition, and then withdraw to his home province to occupy a local post or as a private citizen.
“But it wasn’t looking good,” said Robredo. “Uniting is difficult when there are those who have unaligned beliefs and who take a different path. So I had to accept that it seemed like no unification was happening. “
During her program, she also introduced Senator Francis Pangilinan as her running mate for the 2022 election, calling him a senator, former cabinet member and key opposition figure. – Gilbert Bayoran