Police claim 80K crowd estimate in Pasay rally; Robredo camp insists to 400K

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MANILA – The cops have lowered the crowd estimate on the campaign rally of Vice President Leni Robredo in Pasay City on Saturday, but the presidential candidate’s camp is sticking to its data.

According to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday, about 70,000 to 80,000 attended the “generally peaceful” event along Macapagal Boulevard.

The spokesperson of Robredo, Lawyer Barry Gutierrez, said in a text message on Tuesday that they stand by their estimate of 412,000 attendees.

“Macapagal is five kilometers long and 32 meters wide and was packed with volunteers and supporters. Anyone can use online tools to verify the crowd estimate and we are confident our numbers will be sustained,” Gutierrez said.

The rally lasted until 11 p.m. and covered the stretch from the corner of Gil Puyat Avenue to Edsa Extension.

“A great number of rallyists did not stay for the whole duration of the event but left after a while,” the NCRPO noted.

On Sunday, the VP Leni Robredo Facebook page posted its appreciation to supporters.

Ibang klaseng pagmamahal at pakiisa ang nakita natin sa 400,000+ strong na crowd kahapon! Nakakataba ng puso ang inyong pagtindig para sa ating mga ipinaglalaban. Dalawang linggo na lang, kaya ipakita na natin ang tunay na lakas ng nagkakaisang sambayanan. Tara, ipanalo na natin ito para sa lahat (We saw an unbelievable kind of love and solidarity in the 400,000+ strong crowd yesterday [Saturday]! It was heartwarming to stand up for what we are fighting for. There are only two weeks left, so let’s show the true strength of a united people. Let’s win this for everyone),” the post read. 

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.