Vice President Leni Robredo, a presidential aspirant, toured the vote-rich province of Cavite on Thursday, November 25, paying visits to several congressmen and Governor Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla.
Cavite 6th District Representative Luis "Jon-Jon" Ferrer IV and General Trias City Mayor Antonio "Ony" Ferrer hosted a meet and greet for Robredo in the city park during the morning.
Robredo, together with her running mate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno, also spoke to the Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng General Trias.
Referring to the Ferrers, Robredo said: "Yung akin pong relasyon sa kanila ay talagang kaibigan." (Our relationship is among true friends.)
Robredo recalled going to San Francisco in the US with Jon-Jon Ferrer, Cavite 3rd District Congressman and Imus City mayoral aspirant Alex "AA" Advincula, and Cavite 1st District Congressman Francis Gerald "Boy Blue" Abaya. She shared that she was often not accompanied by security so the three congressmen went with her during her trip abroad.
Abaya, in September, voiced his support for Sara Duterte if the Davao City mayor decided to run for the presidency. Duterte has since filed a certificate of candidacy to seek the vice presidency, with the son of the deposed dictator Bongbong Marcos as her standard-bearer.
Jon-Jon Ferrer accompanied Robredo to the provincial capitol in Trece Martires City where they met Remulla and Cavite 5th District Representative Roy Loyola.
Advincula met with Robredo and Bishop Rey Evangelista at the Imus Cathedral where the vice president led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a bell house.
Advincula was also present at the Dasmariñas National High School where Robredo spoke with supporters and answered questions from representatives of fisherfolk, healthcare workers, and jeepney drivers.
Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio "Pidi" Barzaga was among the audience but it was his son, Dasmariñas City councilor Francisco "Kiko" Barzaga, who welcomed Robredo.
Robredo also inaugurated two food trucks which served "lugaw." A feeding program was held at Barangay Tramo-Bantayan, Kawit, Cavite led by volunteers of Robredo.
The two food trucks came from by anonymous donors and were repainted by volunteers.
Cavite is the province with the second highest number of registered voters. In 2016, when Robredo ran for vice president, she lost in Cavite to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. by more than 150,000 votes. Robredo garnered 404,105 votes in the province against Marcos' 556,622.
– with Dennis Abrina and Rappler Research/Rappler.com
Jerome Sagcal is a Luzon based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.