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Ballsy Aquino-Cruz endorses Leni

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Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the sister of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, has endorsed the Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo, even comparing the candidate to her mom Cory Aquino.

In an interview at the Leni Robredo Tsinelas Volunteer Center on Feb. 25, 2016, Cruz said she is confident Robredo would win the vice presidency despite faring poorly in the surveys.

She said her mom Cory faced the same situation when she was asked to run in the February 1986 snap elections against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“Hindi ko alam kung bakit pero siguro parang noong 1986 na hindi natin malalaman kung paano mananalo si Cory kung tangan ni Marcos ang lahat,” Cruz said.

Against the odds, Jaime Cardinal Sin told Cory: “You will win,” Cruz remembered in the interview.

“Pero naalala ko sinabi ni Cardinal Sin sa Mom ko, ‘Cory you will win.’ Sabi ng mom ko, ‘Paano ako mananalo?’ Sabi niya, ‘Just have faith and there will be a miracle,'” Cruz said.

The miracle was that the Edsa people power revolt happened, and Marcos fled the country.

“In my mind, ano kayang miracle? Miracle siguro kung umalis si Marcos at natuloy nga,” Cruz said.

In the case of Robredo, she was also called to run according to the call of the times, Cruz said.

Like her mother whose husband the opposition senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated under the Marcos regime, Robredo was also widowed after her husband the late Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash in 2012.

“Ngayon, hindi ko alam pero wala akong kaba na mananalo si Leni kasi unang-una, talagang kahanga-hanga naman siya. Hindi man niya ginusto pero noong naisip niya na kinakailangan siyang tumakbo, sumabak siya,” Cruz said.

Cruz also vouched for the integrity and cleanliness of Robredo’s record in public service.

“Nakita ko kung gaano siya kasipag at ibinibigay niya ang lahat. Para sa akin, para kay Leni, ‘kung hindi ako manalo basta I did my best. Kung manalo ako may dapat pa ako gawin,'” Cruz said.

“Napaka-sincere niya at napakalinis kasi nakikita mo na ang gusto niya lang ay makatulong. Sinabi nga niya ang problema ay hindi siya kilala pero para sa akin marinig mo lang ang story niya, talagang mapapabilib ang tao sa kanya,” she added.