Im not closing the door on running in 2022- Leni Robredo

Im not closing the door on running in 2022- Leni Robredo

Will this be the triumphant return of the Liberal Party in 2022?

In an exclusive interview CNN Philippines The Source was able to corner and ask Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo in its celebration of ‘Womens Month’ regarding what has been happening to the Liberal Party chair.

The Vice President has been notably silent on the issues like the extension of martial law in Mindanao, Mr. Duterte’s sexist remarks against women, shift from Federalism, and the issue with respect to Rappler.  *

Vice President Leni Robredo (photo credit to owner)

But  other prominent opposition personalities like senators Rissa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court, have been openly criticising President Rodrigo Roa Duterte whenever they can.

Pinky Webb, the shows host point blank asked the Vice President if she not closing the door on running in the 2022 elections.

"Ayoko nang magsalita ng tapos kasi kinain ko na 'yung sinabi ko...twice.

"When I was being asked to run in 2013, sabi ko [I said] over my dead body, [but] I ran," Robredo said.

And in the elections of 2016, Robredo hesitated to run as vice president.

"Pero again, pag tinapon sa'yo ng tadhana, parang nangyayari talaga eh," she said.

She won the race for the Vice Presidential race, beating the son of the late strongman former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. But is now facing election protest from the latter which is now being deliberated in the Supreme Court.

The Vice President explains that her foray in Philippine politics is just but a continuation of the work that was started by her husband former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. Jesse Robredo,is  also a former Naga City mayor, is known for his "tsinelas" (ordinary man's slippers) leadership for his programs on poverty alleviation.  *

"Parang 'yung asawa ko talaga was the one who was talagang suited for a life like this. E bigla siyang nawala [My husband was the one suited for a life like this. But he is suddenly gone]," said Robredo.

Its important for the Vice President to honor that legacy left by her husband, that’s why she is in politics.

"Ang feeling ko lang [I feel], I am continuing what he was supposed to do. Not as a vice president but as a public servant," she said.
Report from CNN Phils

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