While Vice President Leni Robredo has yet to decide on seeking the highest post in the land, her supporters conducted a simultaneous feeding program on Saturday, June 19, in 32 sites across the country.
Team Leni Robredo, a group of vice president’s supporters behind the movement convincing her to run for president in 2022, identified these feeding sites from Baguio City in Luzon to Marawi City in Mindanao.
Blogger Jover Laurio, one of the volunteers who organized the feeding program, said they had 41 teams which participated nationwide.
These feedings programs were held in Quezon City, Navotas, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasig, Valenzuela, Marikina, San Juan and Pasay in National Capital Region; Catanduanes, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Cavite, Bulacan, Masbate, Isabela, Baguio, and Zambales in Luzon; Cebu, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Leyte and Samar in the Visayas and Basilan and Marawi in Mindanao.
”Gaya ng sinabi ni VP Leni Gerona Robredo mas mahalagang tulungan natin ang ating mga kababayan sa panahon ng pandemya (Like what VP Leni Gerona Robredo said, it is more important to help our countrymen during a time of pandemic),” she said in a Facebook post.
Robredo’s supporters served meals of lugaw (porridge) and pandesal (bread) to people in some areas.
Trolls have long been calling Robredo “Lugaw Queen” or “Leni Lugaw” in social media. Her derisive nickname was born out of the photos of her campaign team selling porridge that spread online during the 2016 elections.
In Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila, Laurio’s team provided recipients face masks and slippers aside from porridge and drinking water during the feeding program.
The TLR volunteers ensured that minimum health safety protocols were enforced. They also thanked the police for allowing them to hold the feeding program.
The initiative comes as millions of Filipinos struggle to keep ends meet after the coronavirus pandemic caused job losses and business closures in the country.