Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Rep. Leni Robredo called on the Bicolanos to unite behind one candidate to counter the much-hyped Solid North of main contender Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Robredo, who was born, raised and started a family in Bicol, is the logical choice for Bicolanos as she surged against Marcos in the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys, respectively.
The other candidates from the region – senators Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes and Gregorio Honasan – are way behind with 18, 3 and 2 percent, respectively.
According to Robredo, if Bicolanos unite behind one provincemate, the number will be more than enough to elect a vice president from the region come May 9.
“Ang laban po ngayon, makikita po sa mga lumalabas na survey, para sa vice presidency, between sa akin na lang at Bongbong. Ako po 30 percent, si Bongbong 28 percent. Iyon pong susunod kay Bongbong 18 percent na lang [The fight now, as we can see from the recent survey, for the vice presidency is only between me and Bongbong. I have 30 percent while Bongbong is 28 percent. Following Bongbong is only 18 percent],” she said.
“Sana iyong mga Bicolano magkaisa at mag-rally behind a Bicolano. Kasi iyong boto ng Ilocos is only 2.4 million habang ang boto ng Bicol, 3.3 million. Parang walang sense magkahiwalay pa [To all Bicolanos, let’s unite and rally behind a Bicolano. Because the vote of Ilocos is only 2.4 million while the Bicol vote, 3.3 million. It’s like no sense to be not together],” she added.
In an effort to solidify the Bicol vote, Robredo visited three cities in the region on Thursday.
Dubbed Sararong Bicol or “One Bicol for Leni”, Robredo visited Virac in Catanduanes, Irosin in Sorsogon, Ligao in Albay and Calabanga in Camarines Sur,
She also attended a multi-sectoral rally in Virac and Irosin and events in Ligao and Calabanga with President Aquino. The visit was capped with a miting de avance in Naga City with President Aquino and Sec. Mar Roxas.
For a long time, Robredo provided free legal aid to the marginalized sectors of society, including farmers, fishermen and abused women, before becoming the representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur.