Dozens of Filipino-Australians supporting the ‘Ro-Ro’ candidates held a meet-up picnic at the Blacktown Showground Park on Saturday morning (7 May).
It wasn’t a campaign but, dressed in their yellows, the Pinoys who come from around Sydney west and the metro area were sending their message: they wanted Mar Roxas to become president with Leni Robredo as vice president.
“I’m just concerned about my family there (in the Philippines),” said Karen de la Cruz See, a volunteer, who originally hails from Marikina. “I think that we have to choose to do the right thing.”
She said that the Philippines will be ‘safer’ with a Roxas presidency.
Over barbecue, active community leader Cesar Bartolome said he’s not really into politics but decided to support the ‘Ro-Ro’ movement because the Liberal Party bets are more credible.
“I’m not really a Roxas fanatic pero base sa kakayahan at karakter, napagmuni-muni ko na mas nasa pagkatao ni Mar na maupo bilang pangulo,” he said.
“Sino pa nga ba ang pipiliin natin? Malinaw na malinaw na,” he said.
The picnic was joined by both young and old. Several young Fil-Aussies who have grown up in Australia were spotted in the picnic.
Chris Ladera, a young Fil-Aussie said, she has always been interested in following up on political developments in her home country. And to her, the “best choice” is a Roxas and Robredo leadership.
Blacktown City in Western Sydney is home to a big number of Filipino migrants. The Philippines is all set to hold the national elections on May 9.