Leni Robredo ended her campaign Saturday telling supporters to "free themselves from doubt and fear" as the elections can be won, with roughly 24 hours left between the euphoria of the miting de avance and the day of reckoning on May 9.
While the word defeat was largely unspoken during the rally in Makati City that drew 780,000 people according to organizers, Robredo supporters, while hopeful, ponder what's next if the unthinkable happens.
College students Raf, Neil, and Lovely told reportr they couldn't imagine a world where another Marcos reigns the country.
"Ayaw po natin isipin paano kung siya ang mananalo kasi sobrang grim po 'yun especially sa economy. What if siya ang magdidikta ng ekonomiya, parang ang hirap po isipin ngayon," graduating student Raf, 22, said.
"'Di ko po siya kino-consider na option. If ever lang po, sana 'di nya po gamitin 'yung posisyon para sa kanyang personal na motibo," said 22-year-old CEU student Lovely. "Sana po makonsensya siya, na tumulong siya, sana gawin n'ya ang nararapat para sa bayan."
"Let's give him a chance to show na 'di siya tulad ng father n'ya," said Neil, 20, adding he wouldn't be afraid to join rallies and use his voice again in the future.
Iglesia ni Cristo member Megs, 35, traveled from Laguna to Makati so people would know that he, a KakampINC, is willing to disobey church orders for his family's future.
Asked what he would do if another Marcos wins the presidency, he said "Sa akin, tatanggapin ko bilang isang Pilipino, magmo-move on ako, proud ako na pinaglaban ko kung ano ang alam ko para sa sarili ko ay tama at nanindigan ako doon."
Accounting associate Raymart Alcoy said he would be more vigilant and urge others to do so should Marcos Jr. wins.
"If ever, mas papalakasin namin 'yung pagbantay at baka kailangan ng investigation in case man kasi alam namin mas malaki 'yung makinarya nya sa ngayon, ang meron lang si VP Leni, kaming mga sumusuporta sa kanya."
Aliya Abao, 24, skipped her good governance class for her master's degree to call for clean and fair elections during Robredo's miting de avance.
"As history will tell you, gising ang Pinoy at nai-ignite siya, at 'pag na-ignite siya, matagal bago mo siya mapatay," Abao, whose mother is a history professor and former activist, told reportr.
What if Marcos wins? She said "I believe kasama ko pa mom ko... She believes na if ever ganun, makikita n'ya mga tao sa streets. She'll be there, too."
Senior citizens Jesus and Eden Pomendia said they saw how military tanks passed by their home during martial law, and they said they don't want it to happen again.
"Sa aking obserbasyon bilang matanda na naranasan ko na lalo ng panahon ng martial law, ang ginagampanan ng mga kabataan, isang bagay na voluntary. Ganyan din matatanda tulad namin dahil gusto namin may kinabukasang abutin ang kabataan natin ngayon," Jesus, 71, told reportr.
What happens when another Marcos wins the presidency? "Kung dadayain n'ya, lalabas kami. Kami ang unang nandyan," said Jesus.
"Uulitin natin ang EDSA," Eden, 69, said.