Robredo to launch Angat Buhay NGO in July

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — Following the widespread volunteerism spirit that her office and campaign have initiated, Vice President Leni Robredo bared her plans in launching the 'widest' volunteer center in the country.

Robredo is set to turn the Angat Buhay program of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) into a non-government organization (NGO) to extend more help to Filipinos in need.

"Unang araw ng Hulyo, ilulunsad ang Angat Buhay NGO. Bubuuin ang pinakamalawak na volunteer center sa kasaysayan ng bansa," Robredo said in her thanksgiving event held Friday.

[Translation: On the first day of July, Angat Buhay NGO will be launched. The widest volunteer center in the history of the country will be created.]

"Pero hindi tayo mamimili ng tutulungan. Wala tayong tatalikuran. Ipapakita natin ang buong pwersa ng radikal na pagmamahal," she added.

[But we will not choose who we will help. We will not turn our backs on anyone. We will show the full force of radical love.]

The Angat Buhay program has proven and highlighted Robredo's track record of public service implemented to provide help to fellow Filipinos in her six-year stint as vice president.

She said the OVP's program will be used as the new initiative's template, which had launched several programs despite limited resources and funding.

Fight against disinformation

As she trails far behind archrival presidential frontrunner Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. in the partial and unofficial May 9 poll results, Robredo staunchly reiterated that she will continue her fight against disinformation.

Robredo was debatably a huge victim of fake news and misinformation during her term as vice president, and her campaign for the presidency.

"Ninakaw nito ang katotohanan kaya ninakaw rin ang kasaysayan at kinabukasan. Tayo lang makakasagot kung kailan ito maghahari," she said.

[Translation: It stole the truth, and it also stole the history and future. We are the only ones who can answer when it will reign.]

Robredo and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan held a thanksgiving event for their supporters at the Ateneo De Manila University on Friday night.