San Fernando, Pampanga: Liberal Party (LP) Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo will be focusing her campaign in Luzon for most of the time as she plays catch up to her seasoned rivals, Senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and Francis Escudero.
Robredo disclosed this maneuver after the Pulse Asia survey conducted March 8 to 13 showed Robredo still at third place with 20 percent, behind Escudero with 24 percent and Marcos topping the field for the first time with 25 percent.
“I will pay more attention to Luzon because for the past several months, I have been in the Visayas and Mindanao and we have seen in survey results that those visits are making a dent in those areas,” Robredo told reporters here.
In the latest Pulse Asia survey, Robredo trailed Escudero and Marcos badly in the National Capital Region (NCR) where there are six million registered voters.
Robredo only scored 12 percent in the NCR, a far cry from Escudero’s 35 percent and Marcos’ 30 percent.
“That’s why for the last few weeks, I will concentrate on Luzon. It’s really hard work. I hardly rest. I had realistic expectations coming here; I know the limitations because by many miles, my rivals prepared long ahead of me so I am really working hard,” Robredo pointed out.
“As much as possible, I want to personally go and cover all places. I can do that with hard work, but given the time, it is physically impossible. And so my children are helping me out,” Robredo added, referring to Aika, Tricia and Jillian.
The 90-day campaign period started last February 9.
“We are looking at the surveys and we have seen that there is a measurable conversion in the places I have been to, so that is a consolation,” Robredo said.
She added that she has remained unfazed even if Marcos finally toppled Escudero for the top spot.
Robredo has been very vocal against Martial Law which was declared by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, father of Senator Bongbong.
The younger Marcos has repeatedly said that he has nothing to apologize for Martial Law even if at least 10,000 people were killed during that era due to enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings. Some 76,000 are still awaiting remuneration under the Marcos compensation law due to the torture that they suffered during the dictatorship.
“It is scary [that he can win], but I am not scared because it is Senator Marcos. The fear comes from the fact that he won’t recognized the wrongs of the past. Di tayo natitinag, ganun pa rin ang position natin, di pa rin nagbabago (I am not budging on my stance; it’s the same),” Robredo said.