Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will barnstorm the “Solid North,” the bailiwick of rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., this weekend.
Robredo will set foot on the so-called Marcos country amid her rise in surveys this week.
In a Social Weather Stations survey, she scored 24 percent or five points up from her previous rating of 19 percent.
In a Pulse Asia survey released a day later also this week, Robredo garnered 21 percent or four points above her previous score of 17 percent.
Ahead of her “Solid North” visit, she was endorsed by Isabela Gov. Bojie Dy of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which is supporting the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe.
“I am from NPC but I am for the candidacy of LP candidates. The Aquino government has done so much for the province, especially when it comes to agriculture,” Dy said in an interview in a local radio.
He cited that in southern Isabela alone, there is an ongoing irrigation plan for 6,700 towns in San Agustin.
In addition, President Benigno Aquino 3rd also endorsed $22-million worth of irrigation projects that will provide water to 14,000 hectares of rice fields.
“These projects should continue for the benefit of our people,” Dy said.
He joined Robredo in a radio interview before they attended an event celebrating International Women’s Month in Cauayan, Isabela.
Dy was the first NPC member to publicly express his support for Roxas and Robredo.
Robredo is the wife of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, a 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Good Governance.
Secretary Robredo founded Kaya Natin, a movement for Good Governance, alongside then-Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca and then-Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio.
Padaca served as Isabela governor for two terms (2004 to 2010) before she was defeated by Bojie Dy in 2010.
For the 2016 polls, Dy’s gubernatorial bid was endorsed by the LP led by Roxas and Robredo, bypassing their LP party-mate Padaca.