MANILA (Mabuhay) – Has Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo agreed to be the running mate of administration standard bearer Mar Roxas in next year’s elections?
The spokesperson of the Leni Robredo for Vice President Movement refused to confirm nor deny reports that Robredo has accepted the offer of Roxas to be his vice presidential candidate in 2016.
Former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada said the people should just wait for the announcement of the Liberal Party (LP) at its convention on Wednesday, September 30.
“Hindi ko sasabihin na pumayag o hindi,” Tañada said.
“Hintayin na lang natin yung final announcement no, dahil meron namang gaganapin na parang convention ang Liberal Party sa September 30. At based sa Comelec resolution, kailangan i-submit kasi yung magiging line up ng partido.”
“Ayoko namang pangunahan kahit sino, so hintayin na lang natin,” he added.
According to Tañada, Robredo met with President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday to discuss all “possibilities.”
The President believes that Robredo, widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, is the perfect partner for Roxas in continuing “Daang Matuwid.”
“Kung titingnan naman talaga natin kung ano yung pinaglalaban ng ating administrasyon ngayon, yun din naman ang pinaglalaban ni Leni bilang isang maybahay dati ni Sec. Jesse sa Naga, at yun yung ginagawa rin niya bilang kinatawan ng distrito niya sa Naga,” Tañada said.
The congresswoman, however, has repeatedly said that she feels she is not yet prepared to run for the country’s second highest post and is more open to a possible run for the Senate.
Tañada said Robredo’s two children were also present in the meeting. The lawmaker’s children are against calls for her to run as vice president next year.
Tañada, meanwhile, downplayed Robredo’s low ratings in the latest vice presidential preference surveys conducted by Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia.
In the SWS poll conducted from September 2 to 5, Robredo only placed 10th, a tie with former Senator Panfilo Lacson, with 3% of the 1,200 respondents saying they would vote for them if the elections were held then.
Senator Grace Poe and her running mate Senator Francis Escudero emerged as the top picks with 27% and 20%, respectively, in the survey. They were followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Loren Legarda, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
In the Pulse Asia poll conducted from August 27 to September 3, Robredo also only got 2%, a tie with Senator Jinggoy Estrada and former Senator Francis Pangilinan, ranking behind Poe, Escudero, Cayetano, Marcos, Santos, Aquini, Trillanes, and Lacson.
Despite Robredo’s weak showing in vice presidential preference surveys, Tañada is not bothered.
“Tingin ko naman kayang habulin eh… Tingin ko may panahon pa naman eh,” he said. (MNS)