VP Leni Robredo promises to fight corruption and patronage politics, says track record proves it
Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated her promise to fight corruption and patronage politics if elected as President in the national elections in May, and said her track record speaks for itself.
In an interview with DZRV 846 Radyo Veritas’ Catholic E-Forum on Wednesday, March 2, Robredo said her decisions would not be influenced by indebtedness to campaign supporters, particularly big business. She said her track record of promoting the interests of the marginalized proves this, as shown from way back when she worked as a public defender with the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) and with the non-government group SALIGAN, through her term as Congresswoman of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur, all the way till she was elected Vice President of the Philippines.
“Ako, 'yung proof noon, all my life, ang pinagsisilbihan ko 'yung mahihirap... 'Yung NGO, ang tinutulungan namin mga magsasaka, mangingisda, urban poor, mga manggagawa, mga IPs, women and children… Noong umupo ako sa Congress, ano bang klaseng mga batas 'yung pinasa ko?” Robredo asked. “'Yung mga bills na inihahain namin, 'yun 'yung indication kung ano 'yung mga advocacies close to our heart…Kampi ba kami sa mahihirap o kampi ba kami sa big business?”
Robredo said her stands against the death penalty, abortion and divorce, among others, have not influenced by her peers in politics, who may have opposing views. On the contrary, she said it’s the President’s obligation to make sure divergent voices are heard.
“Yung presidency, you are President of everyone, even of people who look at things na hindi kapareho sa’yo. Pero ang sa ‘kin, assurance na parati tayo na to the best interest of the people,” she said.
Robredo said her track records as Congresswoman and Vice President show politics ends with the elections, after which there will no longer be a delineation between her supporters and opposition in governance. When Robredo ran against a strong political clan in the 2013 congressional elections, only one of the eight mayors in the province, as well as 25 of the 186 barangay captains supported her candidacy, and yet afterward, she welcomed them all into the fold.
“Hindi ako namili, lahat ko inaya into the fold and lahat ay naging very, very supportive sa akin. I think if people are given the chance to experience this kind of governance, mas gusto din nila. Even 'yung mga politiko hindi nagsuporta sa akin, mas gusto din nila na ang atmosphere for service is undeterred by political colors,” Robredo said.
As Vice President, Robredo pushed for projects in Mindanao, even in regions where she lost the vice-presidential race in 2016, such as Angat Buhay projects, COVID-19 response initiatives and community learning hubs in the Soccsksargen region, and Angat Buhay initiatives in Davao for women empowerment and rural development.
“Most of our projects now are in Mindanao and dito ako talong-talo pero hindi namin tinignan. Nandoon 'yung mga projects namin kasi doon 'yung pangangailangan,” she said. “It's not just the President who should do it but everyone,” Robredo said.
Robredo reiterated the importance of discernment in choosing the country’s next leaders: “Para sa akin, exercise in futility siguro na tanungin natin kung asan kami kasi pare-pareho kami, sasabihin namin. Pero 'yung discerning about it, kailangan dini-discuss ng mga taong gustong magkaroon ng maayos na eleksyon, asan kami noong walang eleksyon? I think that's the most important thing.” [End]