Two weeks before election day, Cavite’s supporters of the vice president are holding another rally to push her bid for president. ‘Handa ka na ba muli, Cavite? Kay Leni Robredo, lahat imbitado!’ says the teaser video.
CAVITE, Philippines – Supporters of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan in this vote-rich province prepare for a large rally in the home stretch of the presidential elections. May 9, an event they aim to be bigger than the first campaign rally they held in early March.
Details are still being finalized by organizers – volunteers and local politicians – but sources have so far confirmed to Rappler that it is scheduled for Labor Day on May 1, a Sunday, two weeks before the election day.
The host city will likely be Dasmariñas, Cavite’s most vote-rich local government (400,074 registrants for 2022). His political bigwig, Elpidio Barzaga Jr., congressman from the 4th district, declared his support for Robredo, against the position of the party he leads, the National Unity Party.
Sources from various Cavite camps told Rappler that the organizers were working to ensure that all district representatives not allied with Robredo’s rival, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., would definitely support Robredo.
So far, only Barzaga and 3rd District Representative Alex Advincula have openly declared their support for Robredo. 6th District Representative Luis Ferrer IV has been seen as an ally since hosting Robredo’s first meeting with his Gen. Trias constituents after he filed for president in 2021. Ferrer’s brother, the mayor , also helped organize the first major campaign. rally for Robredo at the General Trias Sports Complex on March 4.
In Cavite, three congressmen from the most influential dynasties lent their support to Marcos: Strike Revilla (2nd district), Boying Remulla (7th district) and Bambol Tolentino (8th district).
The scheduled May Day rally for Robredo and Pangilinan is creating something of a crowd-size contest in the province.
On March 4, an estimated crowd of 47,000 showed up for the big rally organized by the Cavite section of the Robredo People’s Council at the General Trias Sports Complex. The enthusiastic response from supporters is said to have shocked even local organizers and some people from Robredo’s campaign team.
Immediately afterwards, Congressman Remulla accused the attendees of being paid and bussed, and said some of them had been trained in the organization by communist front organizations. He pointed to uniform t-shirts and campaign paraphernalia used by participants as evidence that someone had paid for their participation. This launched the must-have “Hindi kami bayad!” singing following the gatherings of Robredo.
After the event – and the incident – Governor Jonvic Remulla, the brother of the congressman who had earlier promised to deliver 800,000 votes to Marcos, told Rappler in a text message that he would organize a gathering with a message of local unity.
On March 22, at the same location in General Trias where Robredo’s big rally was held, Remulla hosted Marcos’ rally, drawing a crowd that local police estimated at 80,000 to 100,000 – about twice the size of the “pink” gathering. As in the Robredo rally, some of the Marcos rally attendees also came in uniform t-shirts and campaign paraphernalia.
Asked by a Rappler reporter if the event was a direct response to Robredo’s crowd nearly three weeks prior, the Governor replied, “It’s not a pissing contest.”
He however said that “Cavite has something to prove”, which is why he “asked him (Marcos) to come back” for this big rally. Marcos drove around Cavite in a motorcade early in the campaign.
“Where Cavite goes, the country goes. So it has to start here,” Governor Remulla told reporters on the sidelines of the march rally.
On Monday, April 18, Kerby Salazar, board member of Cavite, the main organizer of the march rally, released a teaser for the home stretch rally for Robredo.
“Handa ka na ba muli, Cavite? says the video. “Kay Leni Robredo, lahat imbitado! »
The May Day rally for Robredo will come a week after another big rally his volunteers are organizing on his birthday, April 23, along Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.
We’ll update this article as more details about the Cavite rally are confirmed. – Rappler.com