Win or lose, Robredo camp sees 'new political movement' under next admin

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sees "a new political movement" emerging among Filipinos under the next administration, whether or not she succeeds in her bid for the presidency.

"I think whatever happens, whether it's a victory or not a victory on Monday, the energy we have seen in the past months that has coalesced around VP Leni’s campaign, the volunteer engagement, the citizen participation, the thirst for new politics, and something better in our political system is something that will persist beyond these elections," Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez told CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday.

"I think we have been witness in this campaign to the birth of a new political movement led by ordinary citizens and it will definitely be a force after the elections," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said he sees this "force" pushing for accountability, transparency and better governance and striving to work in partnership with a Robredo administration or under any leadership.

Robredo and running mate Sen. Kiko Pangilinan have been busy trying to reach as many areas as possible to woo more voters in the last stretch of the campaign. They have also been banking on supporter's initiatives, promising an all-inclusive governance. Their rallying call: "Gobyernong tapat, angat-buhay lahat (An honest government uplifts everyone)."

Apart from drawing up huge crowds in rallies, celebrities, influencers, leaders and representatives of various sectors have been leading house-to-house campaigns in various neighborhoods across the country over the past weeks, in a bid to reach more voters.

Gutierrez said this is the first time he has seen such a high level of volunteer engagement, with people from all walks of life willingly taking their time and resources to campaign for the lone female presidential bet.

Robredo is up against archrival former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose 20-year regime was tainted by corruption and human rights abuses.

The April 16-21 Pulse Asia survey showed Marcos maintaining his lead with a 56% preference rating, while Robredo remained at a distant second at 23%, despite drawing up mammoth crowds in her rallies.

Marcos' running mate Sara Duterte is also leading over rivals Tito Sotto III and Pangilinan in the same polls.

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For now, the Robredo camp "[has] not considered a situation where she loses," as the team, together with volunteers, maximize time left until May 7, the last day of the campaign.

On social media, supporters of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem have been prodding their fellow "Kakampinks" to show up on Saturday, to help gather a one-million strong crowd before voting day. The tandem's biggest crowd to date drew up to 400,000 supporters during Robredo's grand birthday rally along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.

More than 64 million registered voters are expected to take part and vote for the next president, vice president, lawmakers and local officials in this year's polls.