An estimated 1,200 stationary vehicles, carrying about 5,000 people, welcomed political candidates Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan in Negros Occidental on Friday, November 5, as told by Pinky Mirano Ocampo, spokesperson for Laban Leni Negros Occidental.
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The 15-kilometer procession took more than an hour as people along the Bacolod Silay Airport access road, in Negros Occidental, Philippines, ardently cheered for Robredo and Pangilinan, who are running for president and vice president respectively. The convoy filled the streets with pink. Private vehicles and even sugarcane trucks and tractors joining the stationary caravan had pink tarps, flags, stars and balloons on them. A color representing the political party.
Some of the many supporters who greeted them during the caravan are Catholic nuns greeting from the side of the road.
MassKara dancers also performed along the side of the highway from Silay City to the Talisay City border with Bacolod City.
Both Robredo and Pangilinan were overwhelmed and thankful for the support given to them by the people of Negros Occidental. It made Robredo quite happy to have returned.
In 2016, when Robredo ran for Vice-President, Robredo garnered the highest votes in Negros Occidental with a total of 614,440 followed by Francis Escudero with 136,634, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with 119,149 and Alan Peter Cayetano with 72,832.
“When I won in 2016, while many people supported me, it was a different welcome. Now, this isn’t just ordinary support. It is as if people are looking at the 2022 election as their own personal battle, “she said.
When asked about her confidence on another win in Negros this 2022 election, Robredo answered, “In any election, I’m never sure. For me, I’m never entitled to anything. I should work hard for it.”
She hopes not only to double her votes from 2016, but also to get more votes in this upcoming election.
Robredo will be in the province until November 6 for a series of activities and will then attend the blessing and inauguration of the Leni-Kiko Negros Headquarters along Hernaez Street in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.