VP Leni: “I made the right decision to run for President”
Her discernment was a long journey but Vice President Leni Robredo said she made the right decision to run for President in the May 9 national elections.
“Mahaba ‘yung journey pero I think I made the right decision,” said Robredo, the only female candidate, at The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews on Saturday, January 22.
Before her October 7 declaration, Robredo had sought to unite the opposition and field one candidate for the elections.
The talks, however, fell through. Robredo told veteran journalist Jessica Soho that at this point, it would be more difficult to unite the opposition as everyone is already “invested” in their respective bids.
Robredo, however, said that even if she failed to unite the presidential contenders, she was “successful in uniting so many groups,” including non-politicians.
“At ito ay nagbibigay sa atin ng inspirasyon. Kahit yung mga politicians na kabahagi natin sa kampanya ngayon, iba-ibang partido din yung pinanggalingan,” Robredo said.
While she still ranks second in surveys, Robredo said she will improve her numbers by drawing strength from these groups that have volunteered to campaign for her.
“Yung ating katunggali, napakalakas ng political machinery, napakaraming resources, yung political might napakalakas. Pero meron kami na wala sila. At yun yung passion, yung commitment, yung dedication ng napakaraming volunteers. And para sa kin, Jessica, walang sinabi yung resources, walang sinabi yung political might sa desire ng taumbayan na lumaban para sa bansa natin,” Robredo said.
Asked if she only decided on a presidential run to challenge the dictator’s son, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Robredo said that was not her “primary motivation [but] that is one of the factors that helped me decide to run.” Marcos did not join the show, claiming Soho was biased against him.
Robredo said one of the reasons that she was now a candidate was because she honored her commitment to 1Sambayan, a coalition of pro-democracy groups, that she would run for President if they chose her following their selection process that included several other leaders.
Robredo said that should she be elected President, her administration’s three main priorities would be jobs, health, and education. Robredo has already introduced her Kalayaan sa COVID Plan and Hanabuhay Para sa Lahat Plan. Both are detailed roadmaps on how she would address these three issues.
Soho asked Robredo if she was prepared to be voted to the highest position in government, pointing out that she has the least experience in politics among the presidential candidates. Robredo was elected to Congress only in 2013.
The Vice President replied that long before she became a politician, she was already a public servant.
“Development worker ako for a very long time. Talagang ‘yung aking pagsisilbi ay nasa pinaka laylayan ng lipunan. Itong aking ekspiryensya, karanasan sa pakikipagtulungan sa pinaka mahihirap, nadala ko ito at ‘yung mga aral nito noong ako ay nag-congresswoman. Dala dala ko ito noong ako ay nasa Office of the Vice President na. And para sa’kin ito ‘yung mahalaga: na ‘yung nakaupo, ‘yung puso niya nasa pagsilbi talaga sa pinaka mahihirap,” Robredo said. [End]