Leni camp expects record crowd in Makati miting de avance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is expecting a record crowd during her miting de avance with running mate Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on May 7, the last day of the campaign.

"Expect that this will be a huge event. So far, the largest turnout is in Pasay with over 400,000 people attending," Robredo spokesperson Barry Gutierrez told CNN Philippines' The Source on Tuesday. "We expect to break that record on Saturday."

"I think it will be a massive show of force to demonstrate just how dynamic, just how strong, just how widespread the support for VP Leni and what she stands for is in our country," he added.

On social media, supporters of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem have been prodding on their fellow "Kakampinks" to show up on Saturday, to help gather a one-million strong crowd before voting day.

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Gutierrez noted that as of the moment, "we have not considered a situation where [Robredo] loses," as the presidential candidate and her team continues to bank on the mobilization of volunteers who will help woo more voters on their side.

"VP Leni's schedule has been pretty punishing," Gutierrez said. "She will maximize the remaining time by visiting as many provinces as she can, talking to as many people as she can and inspiring our volunteers to double down and escalate efforts on house-to-house campaigns and their efforts in their own networks to encourage people to support her."

The April 16-21 Pulse Asia survey among 2,400 respondents showed former Senator Bongbong Marcos maintaining his lead while Robredo remained at a distant second, despite drawing up mammoth crowds in some of her rallies. Gutierrez said there still seems to be a disconnect between Robredo's survey rating and the massive support on the ground, but he agrees that surveys are only a snapshot of the true sentiments of the Filipino electorate.

In her grand rally in Mandaue City, Cebu on April 21, the crowd was estimated at 150,000. As many as 200,000 attendees were also recorded in her sorties in Batangas, Laguna, and Pampanga on separate occasions. On April 23, organizers estimated up to 400,000 supporters showed up at her grand birthday rally along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City — her biggest crowd to date.

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes said, however, that rally attendees only comprise a fraction of the voting population. At the end of the day, surveys are unable to forecast the actual voting turnout on May 9.

READ: Pulse Asia: Rally attendees only a fraction of voting population