Dear Congresswoman Leni Robredo

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  • I’ve never voted for you, or your husband. I’ve only known about you these past few years through the news, and known more about your family sadly because of your personal tragedy. How you, and your entirely family live, is an inspiration, and an example of how people in public service should live. And for that, I wish to shake your hand. Thank you, for being you. Thank you for bringing hope to people like me.

    I’m writing because a lot of people these past few days saw several photos. One was a photo of you, and Sec. Mar Roxas, in Naga, in prayer. There was another photo of you with Sec. Mar, driving around. Anecdotally, a number of people have come and told me both online, and offline, and I am paraphrasing here— but the gist of their message was— that they found a Vice President, but were still looking for a President. That Vice President was you, ma’am.

    The decision to run, or not to run, I am certain is a decision you don’t take lightly. It is a decision am sure you, and your children have revisited time, and time again, perhaps with abject fear, stress, and deep trepidation. Putting myself in your children’s shoes, I imagine my answer would be: “No. Don’t run”. I wouldn’t want to put my mother in the line of fire, and I imagine your children wouldn’t want to either. It is this very palpable doubt, and trepidation, in fact, I’d like to think that people like me have concluded that you are the kind of leader we would need— not want— but need more of. It is this doubt, you, and your children have that you don’t take the responsibility lightly is why I like you.

    The public have asked you and your family to sacrifice a lot. And you have. You have deep cut battle scars to prove it. You’ve sacrificed more than most, with very little gain, except, perhaps, the distant eternal gratitude of people like me.

    I suppose no one would think less of you or your family if you said to us, “No.”

    The next fifteen years will be an exciting time. Our nation is growing, and poised to keep growing, but I believe it will only do so with good stewards of our land. And with certainty, our nation will face trial, and tragedy. It will grow best, and face those challenges better with good people, with calm heads, and our people’s interest at heart, acting as our stewards going forward.

    I am a nobody in a sea of nobodies, and like many who have #jumpwithleni (Facebook, Twitter) — may I throw in the same ring to ask, please say, “Yes”. Please say, “Yes, Mr. President.” Please say, Yes to Mar, “I’ll be your Vice President.”

    I am just one vote on election day. On that warm May day, I would like to cast my lot with Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo. Joe America wrote that he believes President Aquino had his back. I believe you and Mar Roxas would have my back as well. I don’t know if we’ll win. I know it will be a long, difficult battle that’s coming ahead. It will be a fight for the future. Our paths will likely never cross, and I would like to take this opportunity to say that it would be an honour, and a privilege, ma’am, to stand with you and Sec. Mar, win or lose, to the finish line.

    Please run for Vice President. Please say, “Yes”.

Photo credit: Mar Roxas Campaign, Edwin Lacierda, Rep. Carol Lopez.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

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