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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, May 5, 2016
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Roxas, Robredo supporters
stage walk, candle lighting

Hundreds of mostly women supporters of Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo staged a “silent” activity in Dumaguete yesterday afternoon.

The supporters, wearing yellow t-shirts and carrying yellow placards and yellow balloons, assembled at the popular signage “I (heart symbol for love) Dumaguete” at the Rizal Boulevard and marched on quietly down the boulevard strip to right across the Bethel Hotel where they gathered for a prayer.

Dr. Penny Robredo, the sister of the late Jesse Robredo, former secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and husband of Camarines Sur Rep. Robredo, graced the activity, which she describes as non-political.

No politicians were present in the short activity that Dr. Robredo said she was thankful for.

In an interview, she expressed her gratitude saying it was heartening to see many people throwing their support behind her sister-in-law, Leni and Mar Roxas and championing their government agenda.

She explained she was representing the Camarines Sur congresswoman in silent march as the latter had another pressing appointment.

The Roxas-Robredo campaign sorties continue to gain momentum, she says, and they could feel the warmth and support of the people, Dr. Robredo said.

She expressed confidence that Rep. Leni Robredo will win in the vice presidential race, adding “she deserves to be the vice president” of the Philippines.

The Liberal Party's vice presidential candidate, first and foremost, is not a politician but a public servant and therefore her platform of government is geared towards public service, the doctor said.

Secondly, Leni is popular and comfortable with the grassroots and can relate to them, making her more “responsive” to the people's needs, she added.

Dr. Robredo also stressed that a Roxas-Robredo tandem in government would certainly benefit the Filipino people as she encouraged Leni's supporters to also vote for Mar.

Leni's priority agenda if given a mandate as vice president include improving health services, such as making available one doctor per family, increased access to education, particularly those outside of Metro Manila, and jobs generation that would minimize the departure of Filipinos who seek employment abroad, Dr. Robredo added.*JFP


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