By Raymund Antonio
There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.
Vice President Leni Robredo is relying on what she called the “people’s campaign,” wherein the Liberal Party will recruit more volunteers, to boost the chances of winning of its senatorial bets in the 2019 polls.
Robredo, chair of LP, said in the first 24 hours when her party called for volunteers, “more than a thousand immediately” signed up for the campaign.
“Siguro kapag dinala ito sa mga localities, mas makakadagdag. Parang, iyong gusto nating subukan ngayon,” she told reporters in Legazpi City, where she spoke at LP’s basic orientation on liberal democracy last weekend.
(Probably once we bring this to the localities, it may add. That’s what we like to try now.)
“Parang people’s campaign, na iyong tao, hindi iyong pulitiko, ang magdadala ng kapanalunan ng kandidato,” Robredo said.
(It’s like a people’s campaign, wherein the people, not the politician, will bring victory to the candidate.”
In the same interview, a transcript of which was sent to Manila reporters, Robredo admitted the opposition Liberal Party has “no money” to support the campaign of its senatorial candidates.
Of the “Opposition 8,” three of the Senate bets are LP members. They are former Interior secretary Mar Roxas II, reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino IV, and ex-Quezon representative Erin Tañada.
Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno and former ARMM assemblywoman Samira Gutoc are non-LP members, but they were named as candidates of the once-ruling party.
The other senatorial candidates of the opposition include former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, and Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal
The Vice President said the opposition party encourages to look for volunteers, who believe in their candidates.
“It is hard the volunteer is only by name, but he/she doesn’t have beliefs about the candidates. Those who believe in them are the ones who give energy,” she said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, Hilbay warned government officials against giving out statements that could lead to violence and abuse of authority.
“In the culture of violence and impunity that the government supports, policemen can do anything to helpless Filipinos,” Hilbay, a lawyer, said.
The former solicitor general was referring to the admission of a policeman that they usually abuse relatives of drug suspects they arrest.
Hilbay pointed out some policemen are enticed to abuse their authority because of President Duterte’s claim that he will support them if they get into legal trouble for doing their jobs.