Leni, Kiko have high hopes; say ‘more needs to be done’

Published October 23, 2021, 3:14 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who will run as a tandem in 2022, thanked supporters and volunteers for a simultaneous nationwide motorcade on Saturday, October 23, but stressed that more needs to be done to get them to victory.

Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan (OVP)

“Much work remains. Kailangan tayong humabol. Walang imposible ‘pag tayo nagkaisa (We need to do more. Nothing is impossible when we are united),” Robredo said in her Facebook post.

Robredo accompanied her post with photos tagged to her showing caravans around the country where supporters tied their vehicles with pink ribbons and balloons.

Called the People’s Caravan of Hope, the presidential aspirant said that she woke up to a deluge of messages, photos, and Facebook tags of people who joined the caravan.

She and Pangilinan were scheduled to address their supporters via video message on Facebook and YouTube after the nationwide parade.

“Sobrang nakakaoverwhelm (It’s super overwhelming). The campaign is turning into a people’s movement. Hindi kaya ng pera, kasinungalingan, maruming politika ang sigasig at lakas ng taumbayan (Money, lies, and dirty politics cannot win over the enthusiasm and strength of the people),” Robredo said.

READ: Robredo’s ‘kakampink’ hold nationwide parade; #LeniKiko2022 trends on Twitter

The Vice President also took the time to thank artist Robert Alejandro for the Robredo-Pangilinan artworks on social media.

Pangilinan, who had to forego his senatorial aspirations despite placing high in surveys to run as Robredo’s vice president, asked supporters from all around the country to continue sending their photos and videos via social media.

“Sobrang nakakataba po ng puso ang inyong suporta (Your support is truly heartening),” he said.

“Nasaan po kayong bahagi ng Pilipinas at mundo? Share n’yo lang ang mga larawan n’yo (What part of the country and the world are you from? Share your photos). Thank you for the overwhelming support sa (to) people’s movement na ito,” Pangilinan, who is running against wife Sharon Cuneta’s uncle-in-law, Senate President Tito Sotto, added.

READ: Robredo on deluge of support: ‘Momentum is ours’

Both Robredo and Pangilinan called their supporters ka-#TROPA2022 at #KakamPink. TROPA is from the words team, Robredo and Pangilinan, while kakampink is the combination of the words kakampi (ally) and pink, their unofficial campaign color.

“TROPA ng Pag-asa: The People’s Proclamation Motorcade for #LeniKiko2022” began at 10 a.m. in 49 cities and provinces in the Philippines to celebrate the nomination of Robredo and Pangilinan, as well as their 12 senatorial candidates, in a bid to return the country to “good governance.”

The hashtag #LeniKiko2022 has topped Twitter’s trending topics in the Philippines since 11 a.m. with nearly 30,000 tweets as of posting.