MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo addressed her supporters early Tuesday morning, May 10, thanking them for their support throughout her campaign.
“Alam kong mahal natin ang bansa, pero hindi p’wedeng maging ugat pa ng pagkakawatak-watak ang pagmamahal na ito (I know that we love the country, but this love can no longer be the root of division),” Robredo said in her speech at past 1 am Tuesday.
She added: “Bagaman may hindi pa nabibilang, bagaman may mga tanong pa tungkol sa eleksyon na ito na kailangang matugunan, palinaw na ng palinaw ang tinig ng taumbayan. Sa ngalan ng Pilipinas na alam kong mahal na mahal ninyo, kailangan nating pakinggan ang tinig na ito dahil sa huli, iisa lang ang bayang pinagsasaluhan natin.”
(Although there are votes that have yet to be counted, although there are still questions about this election that need to be addressed, the voice of the people is becoming clearer. For the sake of the Philippines which I know you really love, we need to listen to this voice because in the end, we share one country.)
Robredo gave her speech hours after her rival, dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., also addressed his supporters after partial, unofficial results showed him leading the presidential race.
As of 2:35 am Tuesday, with 90.91% of precincts reporting, Marcos has 28,980,465 votes compared to Robredo’s 13,839,638 votes.
After Robredo’s speech, her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in a statement that the fight is not yet over.
“At dala nating sandata sa laban bukas: ang walang katulad na ginising nating kilusan. Ang kilusan ng bolunterismo, ng bayanihan, ng pakikipagkapwa, ipagpatuloy natin,” Pangilinan said.
(Our weapon in this fight: the incomparable movement that we’ve awakened. Let’s continue this movement of volunteerism, bayanihan, and fellowship.)
He added: “Ipagpatuloy natin ang mga naumpisahan para iangat ang buhay at kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka, mangingisda, at ng lahat ng nasa laylayan – kahanay man o hindi. Ngayon at sa mga susunod na bukas, mas kakailanganin natin ang ginising nating radikal na pagmamahal para sa kapwa Pilipino.“
(Let’s continue what we’ve started to uplift the lives and livelihood of farmers, fisherfolk, and those in the margins – regardless if they’re with us or not. Today and in the next days, we will need this radical love we have awakened for our fellow Filipinos.) – Rappler.com