MANILA – Camarines Sur Third District Representative Leni Robredo hoped that she would make the ‘right decision’ on former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s formal offer to be his running mate and become the ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) vice presidential candidate.
In an interview with radio network dzMM, Robredo confirmed that Roxas indeed visited her home in Naga City on Friday morning and offered that she become his running mate in next year’s national elections.
While not completely declining the offer, the neophyte lawmaker disclosed that she would have to think carefully before she makes the decision. She also earlier admitted that her three children were against her seeking a higher post in the coming general elections.
Although Robredo has yet to make a decision, several government officials have already backed her possible vice presidential bid with Naga City Mayor John Bongat, Camarines Sur Vice Governor Fortunato Peña and Camarines Sur Fifth District Representative Salvio Fortuno addressing her as ‘vice president.’
Roxas, for his part, would try to persuade the lawmaker’s children to allow their mother to join the vice-presidential race. Also trying to convince her to run for the country’s second highest post, her supporters launched a “one million signatures” campaign last week.
Prior the LP standard-bearer’s offer, Robredo, who was the widow of late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, believed that running for vice president was ‘too soon’ for her.