Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo advised the public to be more critical when listening to candidates who make lofty promises, reminding them that the country as a whole will eventually suffer for their wrong choices.

“Isa pa pong pakiusap, ‘pag panahon ng eleksyon, maraming magbibisita sa atin dito, lahat mangangako. Ang akin lang pong dasal, ay sana huwag nating sayangin ‘yung kapangyarihan natin pumili sa 2022. Para po ‘yang dalaga na nililigawan, kung magpapabudol po tayo, tayo din ‘yung lugi sa kahuli-hulihan,” Robredo said in a speech during a campaign stop in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Robredo explained that if a certain candidate says they love the poor and are not corrupt, voters should have an initiative to check if the said candidate has the track record to support it. 

“Pag sinabi pong, “Mahal ko ‘yung mahihirap,” papaano niya ‘yun pinakita? Pag sinabing, “Hindi ako magiging korap,” tingnan niyo na lang po ‘yung mga nakapaligid sa kanila. Dahil po sa kahuli-hulihan, tayo din ‘yung luging-lugi, diba. Pag nakaupo na, dahil nagpabudol tayo, ‘yung pagbabagong ipanangako sa atin, wala ding mangyayari,” she added.

Robredo encouraged her fellow Bicolanos to cast their votes for her, her vice presidential running mate Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and the rest of her senatorial slate because all of them are aiming for honest governance.

“Akin lang pong pangarap pala, sana hindi ninyo lang ako tinutulungan dahil Bikolano ako, dapat may mas malalim pang dahilan kung bakit tinutulungan niyo ako, na sana sumasama kayo sa amin dahil naniniwala kayo sa isang matino at mahusay na pamamahala,” she said in a separate campaign stop in Labo, Camarines Norte.

“Alam po natin at nasubukan na natin na ‘yung bulok na klase ng politika kayang-kayang talunin ng matino at mahusay na pamamahala basta magkaisa tayong lahat,” she added. Ronald Espartinez