SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – It’s been a almost a year since a fundraising campaign was launched to help Leni Robredo shoulder the costs of former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest questioning the legitimacy of the Vice President’s win in last year’s elections.
Previously, the Supreme Court required both Marcos and Robredo to pay a deposit in order to make the vote recount happen. Marcos had to pay P66 million, while Robredo, P15 million.
Unconfirmed reports show that since the launch of “PisoParaKayLeni,” the total amount raised has only been about P400,000, a long ways to the P15 million Robredo needed to come up with.
And so, Leni’s FilAm supporters are coming to the rescue, launching a new campaign, “DollarParaKayLeni.” The goal is to raise the rest of the P15 million Robredo needs.
Launched in San Francisco’ s Union Square, the stateside fundraising campaign hopes that kind-hearted Leni supporters will contribute at least a dollar each.
“A dollar goes a long way,” organizer Rodel Dimagiba said, “since the current U.S. Dollar-PH Peso exchange rate is almost 50 to 1. That’s 50 times more that we can raise for Leni than the one peso contribution by Leni’s supporters in the Philippines.”
The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will start the preliminary conference on Marcos’ petition on Tuesday, July 11.
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