Tricia Robredo said there are no regrets and no room for self-pity as she took stock of the pains and gains of the presidential campaign of her mother Leni Robredo, who is trailing a far second in the unofficial tally of the May 9 polls.
"Woke up this morning to endless messages asking how we are. It’s honestly quite difficult to look for the right words without the risk of being misinterpreted but here’s an attempt," Robredo said at the start of her Instagram post.
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Recalling the time they lost their dad Jesse, Tricia opened up about the pain and how they had to keep their chin up for those who believed in them. “Even then, we had to soldier on – dahil maraming umaasa at may mga laban na kailangang ilaban,” she mused.
While their grief never went away, so did love, which was enough to keep them going.
“This crossed my mind throughout the day, as I tried to make sense of what has happened so far and as I navigated my way through a whirlwind of conflicting emotions,” said Tricia.
She then shared a quote from one of her favorite college professors: “If you want to save the world, you have to absorb all its pain. Hindi puwedeng walang aray.”
“There’s grief that sows unproductive anger, but there’s a kind that reminds you of how fiercely you cared and that propels you to love and try harder. I see it in Mama. I see it in my sisters,” she wrote, adding it’s the reason why she’s “at peace” and knows they’ll “all be alright.”
“Kaya anuman ang maging resulta at anuman ang mangyari, taas noo. Hindi dapat ikahiya ang isang pusong pagod at sugatan. Ipamalas ang pinagdaanan at ipagmalaki ang lahat ng nasaksihan,” she said.
“Walang sayang. Kapit. Nagsisimula pa lang,” she said.
In a separate post, Jillian—the youngest Robredo—also shared an uplifting message to their mother's supporters.
"Isa sa mga importanteng natutunan ko sa nakaraang buwan: ang daming tumaya nang walang ibang kapalit, kundi ang pag-asa na magkaroon ng mas magandang kinabukasan, kadalasan para sa mga taong hindi pa malapit sa kanila," she wrote.
"Para sakin, para ito sa nanay na nakilala ko sa Bauang, La Union, isang 4Ps beneficiary na gusto lang paaralin ang anak niya hanggang college dahil hanggang senior high lang raw ang saklaw nito, para kay tatay na nagsasaka sa Lupao, Nueva Ecija na gusto lang makakuha ng konting subsidy mula sa gobyerno sa nagtataasang presyo ng pataba, o para sa lahat ng mga kabataan na minsan nasa online class pa kapag pumupunta sa volunteer meet-up maramdaman lang ang pag-asang nanggagaling sa isa’t-isa — sa pagtatapos ng bawat araw, iisa lang naman talaga ang pangarap natin at hindi yun nagbabago pag natapos ang eleksyon."
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"Dala ang mga nakita, narinig, at naramdaman natin, sama-sama pa rin tayong titindig. Walang nagiisa at maiiwan. Taas noo. Simula pa lang ito," she said.
Vice President Robredo’s main opponent Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is currently leading the partial, unofficial results of the 2022 elections. As of 12:05 a.m. of May 11, the Comelec transparency server shows the latter with 31,052,840 (58.74%) votes. Robredo, meanwhile, has 14,800,450 (28%).
Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who put the country under martial law for over a decade, ran under the campaign message of "unity."