- June 30 is Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo's inauguration day
- Barangay Captain Ronaldo Coner still cannot believe that he administered the oath-taking of Robredo
- Although his family was not with him in Manila, they were still proud and happy for the leader of their home
Barangay Captain Ronaldo Coner, the leader of Barangay Punta Tarawal in Camarines Sur who was tasked to officiate the oath-taking of the new vice president, had his mirage moment a day before the ceremony.
“Parang panaginip lang ‘to. Mula pagkabata hanggang ngayon hindi ko sukat akalain na makakgawa ako ng (ganitong) bagay sa buhay ko,” Coner said at a previous media briefing in Quezon City.
(This feels like a dream. Ever since I was young until now, I have not imagined that I can do something like this in my life.)
When asked about his feeling a day before the inauguration ceremony, Coner said “Excited pero ‘yung kaba wala na eh. Relax lang. Kasi nakakahiya naman kung sa dami ng tao magkamali tayo, mahirap na.”
(I’m excited, but the nervousness is already gone. I’m relaxed. It would be difficult and embarrassing if we make a mistake in front of a large crowd.)
Coner also grabbed the opportunity to share about his little town. According to him, their barangay has a total population of 408 and 80 families depend mostly on fishing for their source of income. He wanted more technical jobs for the people since they are located in an area exposed to strong typhoons.
“Ang gusto nilang dalin sa amin yung mga trabaho na hindi pangkaraniwan. Hindi makukuha ng iba—matututo ang mga tao ng iba’t ibang mga bagay. Panghabambuhay yun. Hindi ka na lng umaasa sa dagat,” he said.
(What they want to create for us are jobs that are unusual, those which cannot be stolen nor stopped, those which can help people learn in different ways. That would last for a lifetime. You are not just depending on the seas.)
The small-town leader remains to be hopeful for the fulfillment of the promises of Robredo during the campaign. - HB, Kami Media