Facing the difficulty of lack of machinery and resources, Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo needs all the help she can get.
Unlike other presidential bets who had been preparing for years, it seems she had none at all for her campaign.
In response, Robredo’s supporters and volunteer groups took up the cudgel for her by setting up an online donation portal aiming to encourage others to support her candidacy.
Vice presidential spokesman Barry Gutierrez said this donation portal (donation.teamlenirobredo.com) was launched by volunteers of Team Leni Robredo.
“Balita ko lang dahil sa dami ng gustong mag-donate, may konting technical issues minsan (I heard because of the big number of those who want to donate, there are some technical issues sometimes). But, I guess, good problem to have, diba (right)?,” he said in a Twitter post.
Donors may give an amount ranging from P50 to P20,000 and have control over when and how often they will give donations.
Public donations poured in for Robredo when she finally threw her hat in the 2022 presidential race, ending months of speculations about her political plans.
After her last week’s presidential bid announcement, a flood of pink-themed photos dominated social media as celebrities, artists, and ordinary Filipinos posted something pink on their social media accounts.
Some businesses even offered discounts and deals on their pink-colored products, saying that for them, the color symbolizes hope and true change.
On Twitter, the hashtag #LabanLeni2022 and #DapatSiLeni trended the whole day of Oct. 7 and was even a top one worldwide trending topic in the afternoon of the same day.
On her Sunday radio show, Robredo herself admitted she was still in shock by the public’s overwhelming support.
Robredo’s running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and her campaign manager Bam Aquino said they are striving to run a “people’s campaign.”