Nagkaisang Tugon, a UP group of former student leaders established 40 years ago in 1981, declared and proclaimed its choice of VP Leni Robredo to be their Presidential candidate in 2022.
“Ang Nagkaisang Tugon ay samahan ng mga mag-aaral sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP) na itinayo noong 1981 upang makilahok sa mga pagkilos ng mga mag-aaral tungo sa pagtaguyod ng Makatao, Makabayan at Maka-Diyos na lipunan,” the group said.
“Apat na dekada na ang nakaraan at patuloy na umaasa at nagsisikap na ito’y makamtan,” it added.
In its statement, Nagkaisang Tugon expressed its firm belief that Robredo is the right person to lead the nation as she possesses the qualities of a good leader the Philippines needs.
“Kami ay naniniwala at nagpapahayag na si Leni Robredo ang tawag ng panahon para mamuno ng bayan,” the group declared.
JJ Soriano, lead convenor and co-founder of Nagkaisang Tugon and former Vice Chairman of the UP Student Council 1985-1986, said Robredo actively supported the group while she was taking up Economics at UP from 1982 to 1986.
“Kaya’t nakita na natin na ang ikabububuti at ikauunlad ng ating bayan ang kanyang hangarin sa Makatao, Makabayan at Maka-Diyos na paraan,” Soriano said.
Samasa Alumni Association, Inc., a former rival group of Nagkaisang Tugon, recently reaffirmed its commitment to rebuild an effective and efficient government with Robredo at the helm.
Samasa was also formed about 40 years ago to fight the Marcos dictatorship and helped end a regime that caused widespread poverty and misery among the Filipino people.