After announcing her candidacy as president for the 2022 national elections on Thursday (October 7), incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo received an outpouring of support from Filipinos across social media. 

After her declaration, various shades of pink filled the feed of social networking sites with the #LabanLeni2022. 

Its impact was especially felt on Twitter, garnering more than 400,000 tweets and mentions before the end of yesterday. It even topped Twitter’s worldwide trending list. 

In her confirmation speech, Robredo relayed her intent to lead the country, specifically to address corruption and the COVID-19 crisis response—issues that the current administration is being criticized for. 

“Buong-buo ang loob ko ngayon. Kailangan nating palayain ang sarili mula sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon. Lalaban ako; lalaban tayo,” the widow of former Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo said. 

“Mahaba ang daang tinahak natin para makarating sa araw na ito. Hindi ko binalak tumakbo. Iniisip ko nang bumalik na lang sa probinsya namin, kung saan marami rin ang umaasa sa aking tumulong magpanday ng pagbabago,” Robredo continued. 

“Anim na taon ang nakaraan, tinanggap ko ang hamon na tumakbo sa pagka-bise presidente. Ngayon, sasabak tayo sa mas malaking laban,” she added.

The same day, Robredo also filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for the top-most position in the country. 

She’s now the 5th official candidate to do so and the only female in the roster, which includes former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, and Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

This is the second time that she’ll be going up against Marcos in the same position. In 2016, Robredo won against the former president’s son for the vice president post. 

Marcos appealed the result, however, the Supreme court unanimously junked the electoral protest in February of this year. 

Robredo will be running alongside Liberal Party ally Senator Kiko Pangilinan for the May 22 polls. Pangilinan officially filed his COC for the position on Thursday. 

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Image credit: Leni Robredo’s Official Facebook Page