Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas (right) and Representative Leni Robredo grace the Feast of Peñafrancia celebration in Naga City in Camarines Sur on Friday.  Robredo is being urged to run as the administration's vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. (MNS photo)

Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas (right) and Representative Leni Robredo grace the Feast of Peñafrancia celebration in Naga City in Camarines Sur on Friday. Robredo is being urged to run as the administration’s vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Monday said the survey ratings of Camarines del Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will likely surge after she announced her vice presidential bid in the 2016 elections and got the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III.

Interviewed after Robredo’s announcement at Club Filipino, Abad told reporters that Aquino’s endorsement boosted the ratings of administration standard bearer Mar Roxas in various pre-election surveys.

“Mababa ang ratings ni Mar Roxas noong hindi pa siya ineendroso ng pangulo, tignan niyo kung nasaan si Mar Roxas ngayon. Sa palagay ko ganun din si Leni o hihigit pa,” Abad said.

The latest Pulse Asia survey on potential vice presidential bets showed Robredo, widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, at the bottom rung of preferred candidates, getting a rating of only three percent.

Abad said Robredo’s initial hesitancy to join the vice presidential race could even work for her, as Filipino voters would take her decision to run as a sacrifice for them.

“Alam mo ang mga Filipino gusto nila ‘yung mga ayaw tumakbo. Gusto nila medyo hesistant dahil alam nila na mabigat na sakripisyo pero ngayon na siya ay naghahandang humarap at maglingkod, sa palagay ko malaking bagay ‘yun,” he added.

Asked who convinced Robredo to accept the offer to be Roxas’ running mate, Abad said everybody in Liberal Party, although it was Aquino himself who exerted the most effort.

“Lahat kami nagtulong tulong diyan pero pangunahin ang Pangulo,” he said.

Abad said he believes the LP’s campaign would appeal to the voters as it is not only Roxas and Robredo who will be part of it but also Aquino.

“Magiging, palagay ko, kaakit-akit sa mga botante ito. Narinig niyo naman ang diskurso ng tatlo at tatlo ang magkakampanya at tatlo na napakataas ng respeto ng taumbayan sa kanilang uri ng paglilingkod kaya magiging, palagay ko, kaakit akit ang kanilang kampanya sa taumbayan,” he said. (MNS)