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IN PHOTOS: Robredo joins opposition’s youth concert vs charter change

Mara Cepeda
IN PHOTOS: Robredo joins opposition’s youth concert vs charter change
The GenWe: Tambayan youth concert is the first opposition-led event Vice President Leni Robredo attended after announcing she will lead the opposition

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo received a warm welcome at GenWe: Tambayan, a youth concert against charter change held at the Sagul Malingap Foodpark on Friday, July 13. 

The music and spoken word event was the first opposition-led gathering the Vice President attended after she publicly said she would lead and unite the opposition on July 10.

Robredo is against the shift to federalism, calling charter change “untimely” following the rising prices of goods and recent spate of killings in the country.

Attendees cheered and clapped their hands upon Robredo’s arrival at 7:48 pm. The opposition members even rang bells to show their “batingaw laban sa ngawngaw (bells against the noise)” of President Rodrigo Duterte.


Key figures of the opposition movement were present, including Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Kaya Natin! lead convenor Harvey Keh, ex-solicitor general Florin Hilbay, and former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales.

Members of the Liberal Party, of which Robredo is chairperson, were present, including Aquino, Quezon City 3rd District Representative Jorge Banal, Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte, and ex-Quezon 4th District representative Erin Tañada.

Former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s new spokesperson, PinoyAkoBlog writer Jover Laurio, and activist comedian Mae Paner attended GenWe as well.

Robredo’s daughters, Aika and Tricia, briefly passed by the event, but left before their mother arrived.

Trillanes and Rosales told Rappler Robredo’s acceptance of the opposition leader role is a “morale boost” for all people who are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

The Vice President, however, did not grant any media interviews on Friday.

 

The event was organizaed by the Kaya Natin! Youth in partnership with other organizations.

Performers included Noel Cabangon, Shanne Dandan, I Belong to the Zoo, Banna Harbera, The Good Times, Romy Jorolan, and BAON Collective. – Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.