MANILA – With Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo repeatedly saying that she does not intend to join the vice-presidential race in next year’s national elections, a movement was launched yesterday, urging the lawmaker to change her mind and consider running for the said post.
The “Leni Robredo for Vice President Movement” believed that the congresswoman had all the right traits that would enable her to lead a country.
Several former and incumbent government officials and “Kaya Natin Movement” (We Can Movement) members were present at the launching held in Quezon City.
“We are a group of people from different political parties who believe in Congresswoman Leni Robredo. We need a national leader like her,” former Quezon representative Erin Tañada said in a Philippine Star report.
After the launching, the prime movers would then initiate a ‘sign up day’ for the movement later this month.
“The best leaders are the reluctant leaders… I think Leni here is a blessing like Cory [Aquino] was,” singer-composer Jim Paredes said.
Despite working in the legislative department, Robredo knew how the executive system worked as she served alongside her husband, late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Like her husband, Robredo was simple, genuine and dedicated towards helping Filipinos.
VP or Senator?
Robredo’s supporters also encouraged her to run alongside Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the two would ‘make a perfect pair.’
But should Senator Grace Poe accept Roxas’ offer to be his running mate, the movement would then support Robredo in the senatorial race.
“If Senator Grace Poe accepts the invitation to run as Vice President of Secretary Roxas, this group will become the ‘Leni Robredo for Senator Movement,’” Tañada said in the same report.
But whether it be running for vice president or senator, Robredo believed that it was not yet the right time for her to seek a higher post as she still had plans for Camarines Sur.
She also admitted needing more experience in public service while several other politicians were already well-experienced.