Win or lose, Robredo’s camp sees ‘new political movement’ under next administrator

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp sees “a new political movement” emerging among Filipinos under the next administration, whether or not she succeeds in her bid for the presidency.

“I think whatever happens, whether it’s a win or not on Monday, the energy we’ve seen over the last few months around Vice President Leni’s campaign, volunteer engagement, citizen participation, the thirst for new politics, and something better in our political system is something that will persist beyond these elections,” Robredo spokesman Barry Gutierrez told CNN Philippines. Source Wednesday.

“I think we have witnessed in this campaign the birth of a new political movement led by ordinary citizens and that will certainly be a force after the election,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said he sees this “force” pushing for accountability, transparency and better governance and striving to work in partnership with a Robredo administration or under any leadership.

Robredo and his running mate, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, have been busy trying to reach as many areas as possible to attract more voters during the latter part of the campaign. They also banked on supporter initiatives, promising inclusive governance. Their rallying cry:Gobyernong tapat, angat-buhay lahat (Honest government uplifts everyone).”

In addition to gathering huge crowds at rallies, celebrities, influencers, leaders and representatives from various sectors have conducted door-to-door campaigns in various neighborhoods across the country over the past few weeks, aiming to reach more voters.

Gutierrez said it was the first time he had seen such a level of volunteerism, with people from all walks of life willingly taking their time and resources to campaign for the lone female presidential bet.

Robredo takes on Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s former rival, the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose 20-year rule was marred by corruption and human rights abuses.

The Pulse Asia survey from April 16-21 showed Marcos maintaining his lead with a 56% preference rating, while Robredo lagged far behind at 23%, despite drawing huge crowds at his rallies.

Marcos’ running mate Sara Duterte is also ahead of rivals Tito Sotto III and Pangilinan in the same polls.

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For now, Robredo’s camp”[has] not considered a losing situation,” as the team, along with volunteers, maximize the time remaining until May 7, the final day of the campaign.

On social media, supporters of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem urged their fellow “Kakampinks” to show up on Saturday, to help muster a crowd of one million before polling day. The tandem’s biggest crowd to date drew up to 400,000 supporters at Robredo’s big birthday rally along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.

More than 64 million registered voters are expected to participate and vote for the next president, vice president, lawmakers and local officials in this year’s elections.

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