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Kahit walang pera, ‘di sikat: Robredo asks Naga to lead ‘intelligent vote’ in Senate race

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Vice President Leni Robredo is kicking off the 2019 senatorial campaign with ahuge rally in her hometowm that will by on competence and character in choosing candidates for Senate.

The Otso Diretso senatorial slate will be launched in Naga City which has been touted as a model for people empowerment and participatory governance—long advocated for by the Vice President’s late husband, Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo.

“Tama lang na dito sa atin iyong, parang, kickoff, kasi iyong Naga, over the years, nagpakita ng talino sa pagpipili ng mga namumuno sa kaniya,” she said in an interview Saturday.

“Parati ko itong pinagmamayabang kapag nag-iikot sa buong Pilipinas, na dito sa atin, hindi dito totoo na kailangan may pera ka para manalo ng eleksyon. Dito sa atin, kahit walang pera, may pag-asang manalo. Dito sa atin, kung sino iyong bumibili ng boto, siya iyong hindi nananalo. Dito sa atin, hindi natin pinapayagan na magkakamag-anak iyong kumakandidato,” she added.

VP Leni is hopeful that Naga’s example will inspire voters in nearby towns and across the country to choose their leaders wisely.

“Sana iyong maturity sa pagboto na iyon, mahawa natin iyong ating mga karatig-munisipyo, kasi sa pagkakaroon ng empowered na electorate, doon napipilitan iyong pamahalaan na humusay. Kahit saang ikot ko sa Pilipinas, parati kong sinasabi na, ‘Ibahin niyo kami sa Naga. Ibahin niyo kami sa Naga, kasi doon sa amin, ang mga tao, hindi nadadala sa pera. Doon sa amin, iyong mga botante hindi nabibili,’ she said.

The Orso Diretso bets are Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada.

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