Robredo tells supporters: Raise funds for people in need, not for presidential campaign

Published February 7, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Instead of launching a fundraiser for her still unsure presidential campaign next year, Vice President Leni Robredo has urged her supporters to raise funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic instead.

Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo made the statement after her supporters launched a petition urging her to run for president in 2022 and raising funds for her campaign.

In her radio program Sunday, Feb. 7, Robredo said she is thankful for the support she is receiving from her supporters but asked them to not think about the election while the country is grappling with the health crisis.

“Appreciative naman ako sa suporta tsaka sa paniniwala ng ating mga kababayan. Sa akin lang, baka yung fundraising ‘wag na muna yun (I appreciate the support and trust given by our people. But I think they should not hold a fundraiser for now),” she said.

“Dapat ‘yung 2022 last ‘yun sa isip nating lahat. Baka pwedeng i-channel muna natin ‘yung ating energy sa paghanap ng paraan para makatulong (The 2022 polls should be the last thing in our minds. Perhaps we should channel all our energy in finding ways to help the people),” she added.

According to the Vice President, her supporters should raise funds to help those affected by the pandemic.

“Kung magfa-fund-raise tayo, fundraising ;yun para sa mga kababayan natin na naghihirap ngayon (If we are going to have a fundraiser, let’s do it for our people who are suffering now),” she said.

“Siguro ‘yung mga grupo baka pag-isipan natin. Tulungan niyo kami kasi marami tayong mga kababyaang nangangailangan ngayon, asikusahin natin sila (Perhaps these groups should think about it. Just help us because we have many people who are in need. Let’s help them instead),” she added.

Robredo said the Office of the Vice President is open to partnering with anybody who wishes to help the people in need during this global health crisis.

“Magtulungan tayo para asikasuhin natin yung mga taong naghihirap (Let’s help one another to assist the people who are suffering),” she said.