Robredo’s face inked on supporter's leg; other groups boosting campaign

Published December 8, 2021, 12:07 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Supporters of presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo are organizing lugaw-feeding initiatives and free medical and legal consultations to raise awareness about her presidential bid.

Christian Basa, 34, is different. He got Robredo’s face tattooed on his lower left leg.

Christian Basa, a supporter of Vice President Leni Robredo, gets inked by tatoo artist Ricson Bueta with the presidential aspirant’s face on his left lower leg. (RAYMUND ANTONIO /MANILA BULLETIN)

He believes Robredo is different from the other presidentiables because of what she was able to accomplish during the pandemic.

“Kasi si (Because) VP Leni among the other candidates nakikita ko talaga nakakatulong siya lalo ngayong (I can see she can really help especially now during the) pandemic,” Basa told the Manila Bulletin.

A father of three who lives in Montalban and works for a private company, Basa’s family is also supporting the Vice President.

Despite Robredo’s current survey numbers being far behind former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., getting only 18 percent against Marcos’ 47 percent, Basa believes she has a big chance of winning.

“Tingin ko, Sir, kaya naman manalo. Siguro kung sa 1 out of 10, mga 7. Kasi marami naman siyang natulungan. Iyon din naman tutulong sa kanya para manalo siya (I think, Sir, she can win. Maybe if 1 out of 10, it’s 7. Because she was able to help a lot of people. That’s what going to help her win, too),” he said.

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Basa’s tattoo is Robredo’s side angle, which the tattoo artist colored in a combination of pink and blue because pink represents her campaign color and blue, according to an interview that tattoo artist Ricson Bueta watched of Robredo, is her favorite color.

Bueta, the owner of Workaholinkz, said he chose this photo because it shows the serious side of the Vice President. It also reflects her courage as a woman.

Though he has yet to decide on who to vote for president in 2022, Bueta knew he had to choose something “different” for Basa’s tattoo because this is the first time someone had a politician tattooed on their body.

Robredo’s face is Basa’s fifth tattoo, and it lasted for about six to seven hours.

His first four tattoos were that of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, Basa’s nickname Nemo, and a baboon.

Though he is not connected to any Robredo volunteer groups, this is his own way of showing his support to her presidential bid.

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Also on Kakampink Wednesday, actress Rita Avila spearheaded the giving of free pink taho (sweetened tofu) at the Batasan Market in Quezon City.

Pink taho (Leni People’s Campaign)

She met with volunteers and supporters to hand out stickers and flyers, as well as to hang pink parols in the area.

Also with her are the groups Youth for Leni, Momshies for Leni, Pink Revolution, and families of extrajudicial killings.

Kakampink Wednesday is a weekly initiative of Robredo’s camp to push her agenda of inclusiveness among all Filipinos, regardless of their political affiliations.