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Mana kay Isko! Manila lawmakers scoff at support for Robredo

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By Billy Begas

Manila Representatives Rolando Valeriano and Yul Servo on Monday downplayed the alleged outpouring of support to Vice President Leni Robredo following her declaration to run for president in the 2022 elections.

“Pinalabas na may pagbuhos daw ng suporta sa Pink, puro social media blitz lang pala. Ang totoo there was really no groundswell of support, lalo na mula sa mga masa,” Valeriano said in a statement.

Valeriano said there was no new group or political personality who expressed support to Robredo “sila sila pa ding mga LP (Liberal Party) mula sa simula.”

“You can cover yellow with pink all you want but the public is smart to know that it’s just the same banana,” Valeriano added.

The solon said “there was even no program of governance launched” and “no concrete plans mentioned to solve the covid pandemic, fix the economy, regenerate employment and uplift the welfare of the people.”

Servo said that contrary to reports, there was no sudden outpouring of support for Robredo in Iloilo and Negros Occidental were mobilized and prepared.

“Yung motorcade was very organized. May ready t-shirts na, printed stickers and ribbons at mga pink na campaign paraphernalia. Minutes after her declaration, ready na lahat agad. Ano yun magic lang?” Servo quipped.

Servo also said that from the start there was no hope for a unity ticket “because Robredo and her allies wanted her to run for President from Day 1.”

“I was not surprised that the supposed unity talks with (Sen. Manny) Pacquiao, (Senate President Tito) Sotto, (Sen. Richard) Gordon and (Manila Mayor) Isko (Moreno) by VP Leni bogged down because she wanted to run for President all along,” Servo added.

The lawmakers nonetheless wished Robredo all the best.

They are supporting Moreno, who they believe is the most ready to become the next president.