Macapagal Blvd. Closure not intended to deter rallies: MMDA

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MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Thursday the partial and full closure of Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard is part of preparation for Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo’s grand rally and is not intended to discourage supporters from coming to the event.

In a statement, the MMDA, Macapagal Blvd. was partially closed Tuesday through Thursday as the stage built for the event “was so large that only one lane on one side was passable”.

Both lanes are closed from Friday to Monday for the rally and the dismantling of the event stage.

“The road closure should in no way prevent Vice President Leni Robredo’s supporters from attending the big rally on Saturday,” the MMDA said.

It noted that the early closure of Macapagal Blvd. “goes against our policy of not allowing political activity on main streets on weekdays,” but was tolerated so as not to be biased.

“Therefore, any allegations to the contrary made against the agency are unfair and the organizer should explain this matter to its supporters,” the MMDA said.

Earlier, the MMDA announced the planned closure of Macapagal Boulevard to Buendia Avenue in Pasay City “to make way for a local government-sanctioned political rally.”

Birthday gift from supporters to VP

Robredo supporters said they organized Saturday’s big rally along Macapagal Blvd. as a birthday present to the Vice President.

In a statement Thursday, Erin Tañada, senatorial campaign manager for Robredo-Pangilinan Camp, said Robredo has chosen to be with the people she has served over the past six years and hopes to celebrate this special day in the future to serve.

“Matindi kanyang pagmamahal sa mga tao and sa bayan na kahit sa kanyang date of birth pinili niyang makapiling sila (She loves people so much that she chose to be with them on their birthday),” he said, adding that to her, the Filipino people are her family.

Tañada said people see Robredo’s genuine dedication to her sworn duty, which is why many are switching their support for her presidential bid.

“She’s unstoppable. Laging nasa isip niya iba kaysa sarili niya, inuuna niya lalo ang mas nangangailangan ng kalinga (She always thinks of other people before herself and always prioritizes those in need),” he said.

Meanwhile, the organizers of the event expressed hope of surpassing Robredo’s previous political rallies in terms of the number of attendees.

The organizers reminded those who will attend the event to bring additional jerseys of different colors that reflect their desire for the country.

In their Facebook post Thursday, organizers said white shirts stand for health, blue for job creation, yellow for better education, red for food security and pink for a better life.

“All colors are welcome now,” said Tañada, as depicted in the new Robredo Pangilinan campaign logo with a multicolored flower symbolizing unity. (PNA)

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