By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has called on Filipino voters to think of themselves and the welfare of their families when they vote during the May 13 elections.
Two months before the upcoming midterm polls, Robredo told the public that they should take the 2019 elections seriously for their own good.
“Hindi lang dahil kinakampanya ko iyong Otso Diretso, pero sa lahat, kahit mga kandidato for Congress, kandidato for the local elections, sana iyong mga kababayan natin seryosohin iyong eleksyon,” she said.
(This is not only because I’m campaigning for Otso Diretso, but for all, even for candidates for Congress, local elections, I hope our countrymen will be serious in the elections.)
The Vice President, chairperson of the opposition Liberal Party, reminded Filipinos that power was in the hands of ordinary citizens, urging them to choose the right candidates come election day.
“Ito iyong pagpapaalala sa lahat na iyong kapangyarihan nasa kamay natin na ordinaryong mga mamamayan, na sana iyong kapangyarihan na iyon, hindi natin sinasayang,” she said.
(This is a reminder to everyone that the power is in our hands ordinary citizens and I hope we are not wasting that power.)
“Kapag nag-eeleksyon kasi mayroong impression na tinutulungan natin iyong kandidato. Hindi eh. Kaya natin sila binoboto para sa atin,” Robredo stressed.
(Because every elections, there is an impression we are helping the candidates. We are not. We vote for our own sake.)
The 53-year-old lady official underscored the need for the people to look at the candidate’s track records and qualifications so they can decide who will be the right candidate to vote for.
“Huwag naman dahil kakilala; huwag dahil ito iyong popular, ito iyong sinusuportahan ng kung kanino, pero dahil sana sino ba ito,” said Robredo.
(They should vote not because they know the candidate; not because of popularity, this person is supported by others, but because of who he is.)
The Vice President has been campaigning for the opposition Otso Diretso senatorial slate during her provincial visits. She would always vouch for their track records and credentials in her speeches.