Vote in 2019 to show ‘resistance’ vs high inflation, abuses of power

Mara Cepeda
Vote in 2019 to show ‘resistance’ vs high inflation, abuses of power
Vice President Leni Robredo says the loudest voice of opposition still comes from ordinary Filipinos during the election period

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo told Filipinos their vote during the 2019 elections is a way for them to show their “resistance” against soaring inflation and abuses of power under President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Wednesday, September 12, reporters in Tarlac were asking Robredo to comment on the rising prices of goods, the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty, and Duterte’s one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. 

One reporter then asked the Vice President, “Ma’am, so may posibilidad bang magkaroon ulit ng People Power (Ma’am, is there a possibility for another People Power to happen)?”

Robredo said it is “hard to say” if Filipinos would stage a revolution to oust Duterte. But she said the 1987 Constitution offers “various remedies” for people who are already discontented with the government.  

One such way is voting during the 2019 midterm elections.

“Iyong isang malaking remedyo, iyong eleksyon sa 2019. At iyong eleksyon sa 2019, sana doon natin iparinig iyong ating mga boses. Iyong eleksyon sa 2019, doon natin iparinig iyong resistance natin sa anumang klaseng pang-aabuso, iyong pag-ayaw natin sa uri ng pamamalakad na tila hindi naaasikaso iyong ating ekonomiya, na hindi natutulungan iyong mga mahihirap natin na taumbayan,” said Robredo.

(One remedy is the elections in 2019. During the 2019 polls, I hope that’s where the people will voice out their concerns. I hope that’s where the people will show their resistance to any kind of abuse, their opposition to a type of governance that does not fix our economy and does not help the poor.)

“Iyong pinakamalakas pa rin na boses [ay] iyong boses ng ordinaryong taong pinapahayag sa panahon ng eleksyon (The loudest voice is still that of the ordinary people during the election period),” she added. 

Robredo once again reiterated her call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill in Congress, which would suspend excise tax increases on fuel and oil products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

The Vice President also said Duterte “wasted [an] opportunity” to finally tell Filipinos how he plans to address the country’s economic problems during his one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Tuesday, September 11. –

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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 or tweet @maracepeda.