‘A people’s campaign’: VP Leni emboldened by volunteers’ caravans in Bicol, other provinces

Volunteers from Vice President Leni Robredo’s home region of Bicol held a “pink caravan” on Saturday, Oct.16, to show their support for the opposition leader's 2022 presidential bid.

The "pink caravan" in Bicol (Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo’s Facebook page)

The caravan was simultaneously kicked off at 7:30 a.m. in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Masbate, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon. In Naga, where Robredo was born and raised, the caravan began at 8 a.m. It passed along St. Joseph School Road up to the Jesse M. Robredo Museum in Taal Avenue.

Pink became the accidental campaign color for Robredo after her supporters enjoined everyone to wear pink and tie a pink ribbon on their gates and cars when the lady official announced her candidacy for president on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The Vice President showed her appreciation by thanking the organizers of the “volunteer-driven” caravan.

“I am overwhelmed by the show of tremendous support...This is really going to be a people’s campaign,” Robredo said in a Facebook post.

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On Sunday, Robredo’s supporters in Rizal and Laguna will also hold their respective caravans in support of the Vice President’s candidacy.

The motorcade of Robredo’s supporters in Rizal will kick off at 7 a.m. at Pinagmisahan Road in Antipolo City, and will pass through the towns of Angono, Binangonan, Taytay and Cainta.

In Laguna, supporters have dubbed their Sunday’s activity as “Laguna Caravan para sa Tamang Laban”. The caravan will have three legs – two in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The first leg, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. will start in Southwoods in San Pedro and will pass though Binan (Pacita, Canlalay, Platero), Sta. Rosa (SM Sta. Rosa, Balibago), Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Banos and Bay.

The second leg from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will begin at Global Care Medical Center in Bay and will pass through Calauan, San Pablo City, Rizal, Nagcarlan, Liliw, Magdalena and Pagsanjan.

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The third leg, which will last from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., will start from Arezza Mall in Pagsanjan and will pass through Lumban, Kalayaan Paete, Pangil Highway, Famy Junction/Sta. Maria, Matibac Bayan, Siniloan, Pangil Bayan and Pakil Bayan.

Participants are expected to decorate their vehicles with pink ribbons. Organizers of the said caravans said they will ensure that proper health protocols are followed, such as wearing of face mask and face shields, and social distancing.

Members of "Riders for Leni" are also expected to hold caravans in Malolos, Manila, Pasig and Taytay, Rizal during the weekend. "F1rst ko Si Leni" will hold activities as well in Metro Manila.