On his weekly radio show, Robredo makes Pangilinan the star
Vice President Leni Robredo introduces Senator Kiko Pangilinan whom she knows after choosing him as running mate for 2022
Leni Robredo has always used her weekly radio program, Biserbisyong Leni, to retire and cede their airtime to their guests – Filipinos from all walks of life who have a history of service to share.
On Sunday October 10, she invited her biggest guest to date, her running mate for the 2022 elections, Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
Introducing Pangilinan, Robredo said everyone already knew Pangilinan, the senator, former cabinet member and key opposition figure.
“I want to present your personal side,” Leni Robredo started the segment.
Within 40 minutes, Robredo played the masterful narrator of Pangilinan’s life, accentuating his most flattering sides as a public figure and friend. The program showed the dynamics of the newly declared opposition tandem, which ran on the platform of renewal after the Duterte administration.
Robredo called her “Sen”, and Pangilinan called her “Madame”.
Robredo began with a confession. She said she never said this to Pangilinan, but she always believed the senator led a simple life.
She said she noticed that the watch he wore now was the same one he wore ten years ago when she showed it around in Bicol for his campaign. She also revealed that he is the talking point of her staff whenever they see him driving for himself for their events.
“How do you do?” asked Robredo. Pangilinan responded by saying that this was how life was for him, having grown up in a household with 8 other siblings: they rationed the M&M lozenge chocolates and filled a nearly empty ketchup bottle while pouring. water inside and shaking it. Pangilinan was the fifth of them.
Pangilinan recalled that his stepdaughter, KC, once asked him why he had rushed to eat. He told her that at her childhood table, eating slowly meant ending up with the chicken neck for dinner.
After finishing this canvas of a simple politician from Pangilinan, Robredo moved on to ask him questions about his experience as an organic farmer. Pangilinan served as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization and drafted Republic Law No. 1132 or “Sagip Saka Law”.
“I wouldn’t understand why I was fighting if I didn’t see it myself,” Pangilinan said.
Closing their segment, Robredo refrained from asking questions about politics or politics.
“How’s it going for your children? Asked Robredo.
The two politicians explained that they both had a child who was against their candidacy: Jillian for Robredo and Frankie for Pangilinan. They both knew the burden of politics on their families, and Robredo said that was why she would have understood Pangilinan if he had rejected his invitation to run with her.
But he said yes.
“To me that sums up you as a patriot. Even when you knew how difficult it would be, you still did… We are just grateful, Sen, ”said Robredo.
“Thank you too, Madam, and thank you for your trust,” he replied as he finished.
Robredo is running as an independent, but is still the chairman of the formerly ruling Liberal Party. Pangilinan is the chairman of the party and runs under his flag.
With reduced political machinery and influence, the pair will benefit from all the airtime they can get as they approach 2022. Based on Pulse Asia in September, Robredo placed 6th in the survey on possible presidential bets, while Pangilinan was still not on the list of vice-presidents. The survey, however, was carried out a month before the two announced their nominations.