Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo held a nationwide feeding program in 37 areas as a tribute to her partymate and friend, former President Benigno Aquino III, who was laid to rest on Saturday, June 26.
According to Team Leni Robredo, as her supporters call their group, they held “an extensive nationwide community feeding program” in 37 areas across the country.
“We want to honor the legacy of PNoy and we decided to dedicate our nationwide community feeding on June 26 for him,” David Santos, one of the volunteer coordinators of Team Leni Robredo, said.
The activity was also Team Leni Robredo’s “way of expressing solidarity with the whole country in mourning the passing of PNoy.”
Feeding programs in the National Capital Region were held in Quezon City (Bgry. Sacred Heart in Kamuning and Sta. Monica in Mindanao Avenue Extension), Pasay (Brgy. 193), Paranaque (Brgy. La Huerta) and Navotas (NBBS).
Similar feeding programs were also held in Region II (Isabela), Region IV-A (Laguna, Quezon, Cavite and Batangas), Region IV-B (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro), Bicol Region (Masbate, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur), Western Visayas (Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental) and Central Visayas (Cebu).
Team Leni Robredo was formed shortly before opposition coalition 1Sambayan named the vice president as one of its nominees for president. At present, it has more than 24,500 members on Facebook.
This is not the first time the team paid tribute to Aquino.
On Friday, June 25, they organized a vigil and candle lighting event at the gate of the Ateneo de Manila University. The urn containing the ashes of the former President was a few steps away at the Church of the Gesu inside the Ateneo campus.
Aquino is a true-blue Atenean, spending his pre-school to college days there.
He died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 24, because of renal failure secondary to diabetes. At 61, he was survived by his four sisters—Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, Viel Aquino-Dee, and Kris Aquino.
The late Chief Executive, the only son of democracy icons former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was buried beside his parents at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City on Saturday.