President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in the 2016 Presidential elections, during the “A Gathering of Friends” of the LP at the Function Room 1 of the SMX Convention Center in Agdao District, Davao City on Wednesday (September 9) Also in photo are Governor Toto Mangudadatu, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hattaman, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Koalisyon ng Mamamayan Para sa Reporma (KOMPRe) XI convenor Benjamin Lizada.(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in the 2016 Presidential elections, during the “A Gathering of Friends” of the LP at the Function Room 1 of the SMX Convention Center in Agdao District, Davao City on Wednesday (September 9) Also in photo are Governor Toto Mangudadatu, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hattaman, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Koalisyon ng Mamamayan Para sa Reporma (KOMPRe) XI convenor Benjamin Lizada.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Expect the running mate of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to be known in the next few days, Liberal Party official Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday.

Drilon, the campaign manager of the LP-led administration coalition in the 2013 elections, made the remark as the LP is scheduled to hold its convention on Monday next week.

“Malapit na, ilang tulog na lang,” Drilon told reporters when asked on the possible vice presidential candidate of LP.

“Basta, malapit na. Within this month, yes,” he added when pressed on details.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo last week said that she had been offered by the LP to be the running mate of Roxas.

However, the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said that their three children—Tricia, Aika and Jillian—were still against her running for a national position.

“Ay nako. Ayaw. Ayaw talaga,” Robredo said when asked about what her daughters thought about her running for vice president.

“Yung pamilya ko ayaw talaga. Kasi wala naman kaming ambisyon na tumaas sa politika. Parang, parang yung pagkocongressman nga, sobra na yun sa pinlano at pinangarap namin,” she added. –

Robredo, however, said she would announce her decision before the filing of the certificate of candidacy next month.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, LP’s vice president for political affairs, has said that the ruling party is unfazed by the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero because it will have a vice president to nominate when the National Executive Council (NECO) convenes on Sept. 28.

“Why shall we be bothered? We will have our candidate in time for our convention on Sept. 28,” Erice said in a text message following Poe’s endorsement of Escudero’s candidacy for vice president. (MNS)