While a group of her supporters allegedly called for a boycott of business establishments supporting the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday, Oct. 27, discouraged the move since it will not promote unity among Filipinos.
“Kung totoo may kumakalat na ganun (If it is true that there are) calls for boycott, hindi natin siya ine-encourage kasi kontra nga ito sa paniniwala natin na dapat kampanya pa lang, nag-e-exert tayo ng effort na magkaisa lahat (we are not encouraging it because this is against our belief that even during the campaign, we should be exerting effort to unify everyone),” she said during a media briefing in Bicol.
This came after a Facebook page of her supporters called on their members to boycott establishments in Iloilo City that were apparently owned by backers of Marcos Jr., son of the late former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos.
Even actress-turned-entrepreneur Aya Medel cried foul after receiving criticisms of her support for Marcos and calls for customers to boycott her restaurant.
Robredo emphasized that the battle for the presidency in the 2022 polls isn’t “about a particular person” and is “so much more than Marcos”.
“Lagi ko naman itong inuulit ‘di ba, na yung laban natin wakasan na ‘yung lumang klase ng pulitika na siya ‘yung nagdadala ng kahirapan sa bansa natin (I always repeat this, our fight is to end the rotten type of politics that is bringing our country to poverty),” she said.
Both Robredo and Marcos are seeking the country’s highest post in next year’s polls after they slugged it out for the vice presidency in 2016, which the former won.
Meanwhile, Robredo said she is confident of her own campaign and doesn’t pay much attention to what is happening in other camps.
The focus of her campaign is on the ordinary citizens, she noted, insisting that her team has been busy organizing “the many volunteers that are helping the campaign”.
“Kinukulang kami ng oras so wala na kaming oras para pakialamanan pa ‘yung ginagawa ng iba (We are already short on time, so we don’t have the time to mind what others are doing),” Robredo said.