MANILA, Philippines — The de Venecias of Pangasinan, together with patriarch, Lakas-CMD co-chair and former House speaker Jose de Venecia, have endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo’s presidential bid within the 2022 nationwide elections.
During Robredo’s rally on Friday evening in Dagupan City, de Venecia and his spouse, former Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia, together with their son incumbent Pangasinan Rep. Christopher de Venecia, raised the hand of Robredo to endorse her candidacy.
Aside from the clan, a number of Pangsinan city mayors together with Binmaley Mayor Sammy Rosario, Bani Mayor Cothera Gwen Palafox-Yamamoto, and different native officers have additionally introduced help for the Vice President.
“VP Leni aaminin ko po, hanggang sa kadulu-duluhan, bago pa ako tumuntong sa entablado, ako po ay punong-puno ng takot at pangamba. Pero awit nga ng ating kaibigan na si Ebe Dancel, sa pagkumpas po ng kamay ni VP Leni ang ating landas ay ginagabay,” the youthful de Venecia mentioned in his introduction of Robredo.
“Siya po ang nag-iisang tiyak sa isang libong duda, at masaya po ako na sa wakas, nahanap na po natin si VP Leni. VP Leni, kitang-kita po ang dagat na kulay pink na nasa harap ninyo ngayon. Ang dagat na kulay pink na humuhugot ng lakas kay Urduja, at sa bawat isa sa mga Pangasinense,” he added.
De Venecias have been often called key and longtime members of the Lakas-CMD celebration, which is endorsing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for vp. Duterte-Carpio’s presidential candidate is former senator Bongbong Marcos, Robredo’s opponent within the 2016 and 2022 polls.
During her speech, Robredo thanked native officers who got here out to endorse her, regardless of seemingly going towards the development.
“Maraming mga local officials ang nahihirapan na openly i-endorse tayo dahil merong mga pagkatakot. Kaya po ako sobra kong naa-appreciate ‘yong mga local officials na tumindig po para sa atin ngayong gabi, lalong-lalo na po dahil nasa Pangasinan sila, doble ang lakas ng loob na kanilang ipinamalas,” Robredo mentioned.
Pangasinan is a part of Ilocos Region, a recognized bailiwick of the Marcoses that’s also known as “Solid North”. In truth, within the 2016 vice presidential race when the 2 presidential bets confronted off, Robredo misplaced badly in Ilocos Region — Marcos received 1.764 million votes whereas Robredo solely managed 297,974 votes solely.
In Pangasinan, Marcos received 813,709 votes whereas Robredo solely managed 260,694 votes.
“Alam niyo naman po no’ng nakaraang eleksyon, napakalaki ng talo ko dito sa inyo,” Robredo mentioned whereas heaving a slight chuckle — to which the group responded by saying that they may vote for her this time.
“Pero sa akin po, kaya ko lang siya sinasabi, dahil gusto kong ipaalala sa inyo, na kahit napakalaki po ng talo ko dito, kinalimutan ko ‘yan mula no’ng ako ay naging vice president na,” she added.
‘Gave Marcos a chance’
Rosario, one of many native officers who endorsed Robredo, admitted that he was open to the thought of backing Marcos’ presidential candidacy in an effort to fix the injuries of the previous.
However, he mentioned that he noticed no indicators that Marcos would really admit the sins of his father, late dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos — who dominated the nation for over 20 years, and is being held accountable for human rights violation and big plunder that left the nation’s economic system in shambles.
“Alam niyo po ito pong gusto ko: alam niyo po, gusto kong pagbigyan, matagal ko nang inisip ito sa sarili ko, gusto kong pagbigyan ‘yong nangunguna ng survey ngayon, na baka sakaling magbago, pero alam ko ayaw lang aminin kung ano ‘yong lupit ng panahon ng martial law, bakit gano’n?” Rosario requested.
“Gusto kong pagbigyan sana, na bumalik para ‘yong history ng martial law mawawala. Pero kababayan ko po, wala akong matanggap, wala akong makita na ‘yong kanilang ginawa no’ng martial law ay maganda raw ‘yon para sa atin. Kaya tama ang sinabi niyo, Never Again, Never Again,” he added.
Rosario mentioned that he was a sufferer of the martial legislation regime, as he was arrested for under making a stand — saying that he was not a member of communist armed motion New People’s Army (NPA).
“Alam niyo po 73 years old na ako, nasubukan ko po, alam niyo po, nasubukan na ‘yong panahon ng martial law mga kababayan ko. Ang sakit sa aming pamilya po ‘yan, dahil alam niyo po, hindi naman NPA, hindi po naman ako komunista, pero naninindigan lang, alam niyo ba kung anong nangyari sa akin?” he relayed.
“Ikinulong po ako noong martial law. Kaya po hindi ko malilimutan po ‘yan, kaya po alam niyo po, Never Again, Never Again,” he added.
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