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Two weeks before the national polls, supporters of the Leni-Kiko tandem and the entire TRoPa flooded Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City, Saturday.
Event organizers claim that over 412,000 individuals comprise the massive crowd which occupied both lanes of the road from Diokno Blvd. to EDSA.
But the National Capital Region Police Office maintained that only up to 100,000 attended the people’s rally which took place on Vice President Leni Robredo’s birthday.
In a statement, NCRPO Regional Director Major General Felipe Natividad said the numbers did not reach 420,000.
According to Natividad on Sunday: "'Yung estimate as of yesterday, is mga more or less nasa 90 to hundred thousand 'yung nandoon. 'Yun 'yung estimate natin kasi bago naman they coordinated with us. Parang inano na namin 'yung area, y'ung span ng area na kinoordinate nila parang sinubdivide na natin 'yan by square meter 'yung occupied ng tao, tapos we also observe kasi na people go there siguro stay for a while and then they will leave hindi talaga yung consistent na they're staying there.”
On social media, NCRPO’s estimate stirred doubt toward the office’s interests, with rally attendees and Robredo supporters sharing footage from the event as proof.
Here are some of the tweets:
NCRPO a.k.a. bitter cops: Hanggang 100,000 lang ang dumalo sa rally ni Robredo sa Pasay:— 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲💗🌸🎀 (@krizzy_kalerqui) April 24, 2022
NCRPO probably failed to consider the folks who decided to stay in nearby vacant spaces, the PNB-PAL Building, and those who went home early due to exhaustion.— Eufy Fight! #MABUHAYangFrontliners (@eufems) April 25, 2022
420,000 will enter the historical record, not NCRPO's gross underestimation. https://t.co/ZRWqNXm2Wg pic.twitter.com/quJL1XciH3
I’ll never get tired watching this video. Because this is us. I was there. I was one of those who braved the 12hrs of waiting. Regardless of how many we were in the eyes of NCRPO, i am sure that on that night, we won and we will win again in May 9!👊🏼 #PasayIsPink https://t.co/UgHMgjkp57— Chahlieee 🤓 #LeniKiko2022 (@ChahleeIAm) April 25, 2022
Heto ang area ng napuno ng mga tao kahapon sa Pasay. Nandun ako at nakita ko na halos nagkakapalitan na ng mukha ang mga tao. At nag overflow ang mga tao sa peripheral areas. They stayed up to almost midnight. Malabo na 100k lang iyon. It was definitely so much more. pic.twitter.com/i3biVZ3AjL— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) April 24, 2022
Ito ba yung 100k. Paano na bilang PNP yan. NKKLK.. https://t.co/LM3d7iTTQH— Gio💫 (@GDagaang31) April 25, 2022
These photos are the reason why full damage control ngayon ang NCRPO.— Gising Pilipinas (@ItsMeAllan777) April 24, 2022
Take note: 1.6 kilometro, 20 minute walk from EDSA stage to Diokno Stage, with spill over pa ah. #LeniLiwanagSaDilim #PasayIsPink #ArawNa10To pic.twitter.com/MkTP712LAA
The videos and pictures speak for themselves. Huwag kayong magpagamit sa black propaganda ng kabila, please PNP. And why are you so concern about the number, NCRPO?— Clive Reyes JR (@datumx11) April 24, 2022
Para sa mga nabasa ang estimates ng NCRPO about #PasayisPink #ArawNa10To— Jason Rodriguez (@JasonR_EG) April 24, 2022
Heto yung scale niya:
- Left = Seaside (stage 2) + surrounding area
- Right = Macapagal Blvd - Take note of all the people + how far apart those stages are + crowd spillover. pic.twitter.com/B8vxhcUjOV
Dear NCRPO, self-deception will make your campaigners lax. So go ahead. Believe your own lie.— Kristoffer Pasion (@indiohistorian) April 24, 2022
The videos and photos are for everyone to see. https://t.co/JQexXNFngh