The youth sector in San Joaquin, Iloilo turns to people’s initiative to show support for the presidential bid of Vice-President Leni Robredo. It gathered various groups to open the first day of the campaign for national candidates with a Grand Pink Caravan dubbed as “People’s initiative for the People’s Leader.”
The grand caravan was joined by hundreds of San Joaquinhons representing different sectors, February 7, 2022.
Initiated by the people’s movement, the caravan was joined by Women for Leni, LBGTQIA+ members, transport sector, local business & labor groups, artists and cultural workers, and with the youth sector as the majority.
Kakampinks from different barangays went out of their homes to welcome and wave as the caravan passes communities. Some residents have put up tarpaulins, pink ribbons, banderitas and even played Robredo-Pangilinan jingles over their PA systems to show their support.
Volunteers and Kakampinks in the town waved their pink flags higher as cars and motorcycles paraded throughout the municipality and barangays to gather support.
The caravan was capped by a program at the San Joaquin Parish Beach Area Pavilion wherein solidarity messages was delivered by sectoral representatives in support of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem and to forge a stronger alliances as the campaign period rolls down.
San Joaquin is a second class municipality in the first district of Iloilo Province and with 85 barangays.
The first district consists of seven districts, namely: Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Tubungan, Igbaras, Miag-ao and San Joaquin. It is politically associated as a district dominated by the Garin Clan. The family patriarch Oscar “Oca” Garin passed away September last year at 80 years old while while serving as the mayor of Guimbal. On the other hand, the family matriarch Ninfa S. Garin is the mayor of San Joaquin town.
Family members occupy various elected posts, however, they have not openly endorsed the candidacy of VP Leni Robredo as of this time.