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Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes says Leni can learn from Lula

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There are lessons that former Vice President Leni Robredo can learn from Brazil’s President-elect Lula da Silva, according to Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes.

Da Silva defeated the populist incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

In a Facebook post, Soltes said Da Silva was intensely loved when he left the presidency in 2010, but became unpopular and was jailed due to corruption allegations.

But Da Silva faced all allegations and was exonerated by the Supreme Court.

Now, he is set for a comeback after winning the presidential race.

Soltes said Da Silva’s win was not only a repudiation of Bolsonaro, it is also the product of an impressively-run campaign.

Da Silva showed that a broad coalition is important in a presidential run, and that a general election is won at the grassroots level, he said.

But Robredo’s campaign sidelined this move in favor of massive but less-stratified rallies, he said.

He also said Da Silva’s story showed that Filipinos can choose Robredo again in 2028.

But Robredo campaign strategy must change first, he said.

Robredo 2028?

“Leni Robredo can learn a lot from newly-elected President of Brazil, Lula da Silva.

Lula was intensely loved when he left the Presidency in 2010. But after several corruption accusations that put him in jail, his party became unpopular, paving the way to the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s defeated populist President. Does this ring a bell?

Lula, instead of fleeing (unlike you know who), faced it all and he was exonerated finally by the Supreme Court of Brazil, which ruled that the judges who convicted the former President were partial.

Now, Lula, a son of illiterate farmers, makes a comeback as President of one of the most powerful countries in the West.

But Lula’s win is not only a repudiation of Bolsonaro, whose term saw Brazil having one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls in the world.

Lula wins a fresh term in the path to redemption partly because of an impressively-run campaign.

Now, he has just proven that while a broad coalition is important in a Presidential run, a General Election is won at all times at the grassroots, both in the countryside and in the darkest city alleys—a move that the Robredo campaign sidelined in the last election in favor of massive but less-stratified rallies.

Lula went through a fate harder than Robredo’s but his people have chosen him once again.

This tells us that Filipinos can choose Robredo again in 2028 so we must never lose hope. But some things in the Robredo campaign must change as we go back to basics,” Soltes posted.

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