Robredo unfazed by rivals’ Easter press conference, asks supporters to campaign harder

Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo has asked her supporters to not let their emotions run high after three of her rivals accused her camp of trying to make them withdraw from the election.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Robredo also thanked those who defended her after Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Ping Lacson and former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales hit her camp.

She urged her supporters to focus on the campaign with three weeks before Election Day.

“May pakiusap lang ako. Mula bukas, 20 campaign days na lang natitira. Kailangan wag tayong magpatalo sa emosyon. Huwag nang magbitaw ng masasakit na salita. Focus lang muna tayo sa kampanya — tao sa tao, puso sa puso. May bayan tayong kailangan ipaglaban,” she said.

[Translation: Starting tomorrow, we only have 20 days left in the campaign. I am asking you not to let your emotions take over. Do not speak ill of them. Let us focus on the campaign — person to person and heart to heart. We have a country to fight for.]

The Vice President also replied candidly to a Facebook comment asking her how much she withdrew hours after Moreno asked her to withdraw from the presidential race.

“Chill lang. Mahaba pa pila. Choz,” Robredo answered in jest.

Moreno, Lacson, and Gonzales held a joint press conference in Manila Peninsula on Easter Sunday to reiterate that they would not drop their presidential bid amid allegations that the Robredo camp was trying to make them quit the race.

Moreno also said Robredo cannot be trusted as she allegedly “fooled” other candidates during talks about possibly uniting under one presidential bet to defeat Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is still leading in surveys.

He recounted that Robredo repeatedly said that she would not run for president. Over the last two years, Moreno also repeatedly denied that he would run for the highest office.

Presidential bet Manny Pacquiao missed the press conference as he was still on a plane from General Santos City, but his camp said he would continue his campaign.

Gabriela Party-list said the all-male press conference only displayed the “fragile as eggshells” egos of Moreno, Lacson and Gonzales.

“The configuration of characters has been made clearer with the latest development. This affirms the need to further solidify our ranks against forces which seek to install a Marcos-Arroyo-Duterte axis of power, and to further support Robredo’s candidacy which is centered on good governance and people’s welfare,” the group said in a statement.

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