Robredo’s campaign kicks off in his hometown of Naga with the promise of a new policy

Xave Gregorio –

February 8, 2022 | 6:08 p.m.

NAGA CITY, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has returned to her roots in Naga City to launch her campaign for president, promising to bring to the country the brand of leadership she is known for in her bailiwick of Bicol.

A crowd gathered for Robredo’s big rally Friday in Plaza Quezon, where she was joined by her running mate Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and eight of her 12 senatorial candidates.

Prior to the rally, the Robredo-Pangilinan ticket had stormed the towns of Lupi, Libmanan and Tigaon, as well as the town of Iriga in Camarines Sur, where they were warmly welcomed by locals.

It is no surprise that Robredo started campaigning in her bailiwick, the Bicol region, as she won by landslide here in the 2016 vice-presidential race despite other Bicolanos who are presented against it.

For 2022, Robredo said she also counts on Bicolano’s “solid” vote, which stands at around 3.6 million voters in 2019.

But Robredo said Bicolanos should vote for her not just because she’s one of them, but because of the kind of governance she has to offer.

“This is the kind of governance that is honest, sensible and competent, without corruption, without conflict, without deceit,” Robredo said in Filipino during his campaign stop in Libmanan.

While Robredo’s electoral base is strong in Bicol, she still has a lot of catching up to do to displace former poll favorite, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, who enjoys a double-digit lead over the vice-president.

But if she gets that Hail Mary, it would be the third time she’s beaten the fallen dictator’s son.

As it happens

LAST UPDATE: February 8, 2022 – 5:15 p.m.

The campaign season for the 2022 election officially begins from February 8 to May 7. Bookmark this page for updates. Photo courtesy of The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

February 8, 2022 – 5:15 p.m.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio launch their campaign at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Senatorial bet former presidential spokesman Harry Roque and former Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro are also present at the event.

February 8, 2022 – 3:56 p.m.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno leads a caravan of his supporters as the campaign season kicks off on Tuesday.

February 8, 2022 – 2:19 p.m.

Attorney Vic Rodriguez says presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos’ camp is still rounding out its Senate slate for the 2022 election.

“We would like to finish 12 but we are still finalizing who will get the last spot. Of course more than 12 eh lahat gustong sumama, at marami na ring tumutugion sa panawagan ni BBM na pambansang pagkakaisa,” Rodriguez says.

When asked if President Rodrigo Duterte would attend the proclamation rally, Rodriguez replied, “Hindi kami nakapag reach out kay PRRD dahil alam naman ninyo na kaka positive lang.”

“I think hindi naman tama na obligahin natin ang ating pangulo na unang una, take care of political exercise in this exercise, and mindful din kami his health and safety ni president sapagkat ilang araw lamang ang nakalipas nang sya a nagpositibo its COVID-19,” he adds.

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