'Ride the pink wave': Leni-Kiko national proclamation motorcade set on Oct. 23

Published October 21, 2021, 11:03 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Around 1,000 vehicles are expected to join the national proclamation motorcade for the tandem of presidential aspirant, Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Members of the LGBTQ community wrap a vehicle in pink tarpaulin and flowers during a caravan in Bicol. (Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo’s Facebook page)

Dubbed “TROPA ng Pag-asa: The People’s Proclamation Motorcade for #LeniKiko2022”, the motorcade will kick off at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon in major cities and towns across the country.

TROPA is a portmanteau, or a combination of syllables, of the words team, Robredo, and Pangilinan.

“This Arangkada ng Tropa ng Pag-Asa is riding on the pink wave that started with VP Leni Robredo’s announcement of her presidential bid. The pink explosion revealed that we are many in number and we know that there are more out there who just need some encouragement to come out in support of VP Leni,” said artist-activist Leah Navarro, a Team Leni Robredo volunteer and one of the organizers of the event.

“For the first time in a long time, we feel a sense of joyful hope. An optimistic hope for a return to good governance, a level playing field for all, and compassion for our most needy brethren. Through this event, we aim to make every Filipino be able to hope again,” Navarro added.

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Aside from Team Leni Robredo, Tropang Leni Chapters and TLR sectoral groups like Lawyers for Leni, Riders for Leni, and Bikers for Leni, the motorcade will also be joined by allied groups and coalitions such as the different Liberal Party Chapters, 1Sambayan, People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR), and Leni Urban Poor, among others.

Aside from supporting the Leni-Kiko tandem, participants will also express backing for the opposition senatorial slate.

Navarro urged those who wish to join the event to observe minimum public health standards. Interested parties and groups may coordinate with local TLR chapters and sectors via the TLR Facebook page (facebook.com/teamlenirobredo).

This is not the first motorcade held for Robredo’s presidential bid.

Earlier, the group Lawyers for Leni organized a motorcade in Quezon City to express their support for the Vice President’s candidacy. Last week, supporters in Bicol, Laguna, Rizal, Iloilo, and Cebu also held a “pink caravan”.

READ: Robredo supporters hold QC motorcade; ‘True fight of the people,’ says VP Leni

Pink has become Robredo’s unofficial campaign color after her supporters encouraged people to wear pink and tie pink ribbons outside their homes and cars in anticipation of the announcement of her candidacy last Oct. 7.