What insults Leni? Not Chiz-Bongbong laughing
MANILA - Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo believes her outspoken views against the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos helped boost her numbers in the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN.
In an interview, Robredo said her improving numbers could be attributed to several factors, including a combination of an intense ground campaign as well as TV and radio ads.
She also admitted that she has started campaigning without LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas so they could cover more ground.
"Hindi siguro all the time magkasama kami ni Sec. Mar para ang mga hindi niya napupuntahan ay mapuntahan ko, at ang hindi ko napupuntahan ay mapuntahan niya para kahit paano ay marami kaming ma-cocover kasi kung magkasama kami all the time, talagang hindi possible na mapuntahan lahat," she said.
She also said her views on martial law may have something to do with the uptick in her numbers.
"Tingin ko, isa iyon sa factors kasi lumalabas ngayon na ako lang ang vice-presidential candidate na klaro ang posisyon sa Martial Law," she said.
Robredo earlier said the Philippine government should not stop running after the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, and that there must be a recognition of the wrongdoings done by former President Ferdinand Marcos.
"Iyong kayamanan na iyon ay sa tao iyon at obligasyon ng gobyerno na habulin hanggang maibalik sa tunay na nagmamay-ari," she said.
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The March 1-6 survey commissioned by ABS-CBN and which covered 2,600 respondents showed Robredo getting 21 percent voter support if elections were held today. She is only four percentage points behind VP frontrunner Sen. Francis Escudero (25%) and is statistically tied with Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (22%).
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In the interview, Robredo denied that she felt insulted by Sen. Francis Escudero and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. who were both laughing while she was talking during a debate of the vice-presidential candidates.
A group of Robredo supporters said the two senators should apologize for their behavior.
"Tingin ko hindi naman deliberate iyon," Robredo countered.
"Nakita ko ang picture na nagsasalita ako tapos tumatawa sa side si Sen. Escudero at Sen. Marcos at tingin ko hindi naman deliberate iyon. Mayroon lang din na mga light moments na pampawala ng tension at hindi ko naman iyon minasama. Mas naging sensitive yata ang mga supporters lalo na noong kumalat ang picture pero ako okay lang."
What insults Robredo, however, are people who try to downplay the gains of the EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
The congresswoman said her "political awakening" happened during the assassination of Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. in 1983.
"Noong namatay si Sen. Ninoy ay 2nd year college ako. I consider that as my political awakening hanggang ang culmination sa EDSA Revolution. Parang ang tatlong taon na iyon ay very active talaga ako sa mga rally, protest actions," she said.
"Sa akin, I feel so strongly about it kaya hindi pwede na hayaan lamang dumaan ang mga issue at kalimutan lang ang struggle 30 years ago. Kapag may mga dini-disregard na sakripisyo ng mga napakaraming tao, parang personal ang outrage na nararamdaman ko kasi nga political aware na ako that time."
"Kapag mina-marginalize ang gains ng EDSA, medyo insulto iyon sa akin, hindi insultong personal pero insulto sa mga napakaraming nagsakripisyo para makamtan natin kung ano ang tinatamasa natin ngayon na kalayaan."