By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Opposition Senator Leila De Lima expressed full support to
the candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo as president in 2022
national polls after her declaration Thursday noon.
In a statement, De Lima said that It has to be Leni, and it can only be Leni.
“Sa pagdeklara ni VP Leni Robrebo ng kanyang pagtakbo bilang Pangulo,
natapos na ang matagal na agam-agam ng ilan na baka walang malakas na
pambato ang oposisyon. Ang desisyon ni VP Leni ay simula ng pag-asa at
pag-asam ng marami para sa isang mabuting liderato sa susunod na anim
na taon,” De Lima said.
The lady senator said that in the past half-decade, Duterte and his
gang have grossly mismanaged the government and our economy, bungled
the pandemic response, plundered the public coffers, betrayed the
Filipinos in favor of foreign interests ruined our democratic
institutions, and committed innumerable crimes and human rights
violations against our people.
“Pinakyaw na ata ni Duterte at tropa n’ya ang lahat ng pwedeng gawing
masama sa pamamahala,” De Lima said.
“Mabuti na lang may matinong alternatibo tayo. Mabuti na lang may Leni
Robredo,” she added.
The lawmaker from Bicol said that VP Leni has the full grasp of the
important issues, has the comprehensive and doable solutions, and has
the abilities and proven track record to address the most pressing
problems that plague us.
“Si VP Leni ay may tapang, galing, sipag at pagkalinga sa kapwa, sa
bansa at sa Pilipino, lalo na ang mga nasa laylayan ng ating lipunan,”
“Despite the meager budget for her office and the marginalization and
vilification she’s getting from Duterte and his gang, VP Leni has
amazingly shown her mettle, moral courage, competence and
resourcefulness. All these years — especially during the ongoing
pandemic – VP Leni has demonstrated time and again her brand of
proactive and compassionate leadership,” she stressed.
“In services and programs that she personally supervises on the
ground, she has extended much needed assistance to our medical
frontliners, workers, urban poor, rural communities and other
disadvantaged groups. To top it all, her office has been consistently
given outstanding COA reviews in the past three years, showing how
transparent and incorruptible she really is,” De Lima sid.
Most importantly, she added, that VP Leni has the clearest vision –
along with the good heart and the bright mind to match it – of where
we ought to be: a better place and a brighter future, away from this
national nightmare of the past five years.
“And she has the right character, the correct attitude, and the best
tools that can take us there,”she said.
“Salamat sa pasya mo, VP Leni. Dasal namin ang tagumpay ng ating
laban. Asahan mo ang aming suporta at pagpupunyagi na ipanalo ang
iyong kandidatura, na ngayo’y kampanya ng bawat isa. Para sa kapwa at
bansa,” she added.
“Si Leni ang aking Presidente. #LetLeniLead,” De Lima ended. (ai/mtvn)