Robredo's anti-poverty projects draw comparisons to Diosdado Macapagal ; all for Presidential run in 2022?

Robredo's anti-poverty projects draw comparisons to Diosdado Macapagal ; all for Presidential run in 2022?

Vice President Maria Leonor “leni” Robredo has been busy visiting different parts of the country.
The Vice president since resigning from her cabinet post has been pursuing different projects among the citizenry all geared toward poverty alleviation.

The Office of the Vice President has been commended by some senators when it was their turn to present their proposed budget for next year.
VP Leni Robredo and former President Diosdado Macapagal
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The “Angat Buhay,” “Ahon Laylayan,” and “Storya ng Pagasa” programs are being handled by the OVP all of which are anti-poverty initiatives of Vice President Leni Robredoreaching out to far flung areas of the country to provide assistance to communities.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Robredo’s current situation reminds him of former President Diosdado Macapagal, who was first a Vice President before becoming the ninth president of the country.
“Therefore, what Diosdado Macapagal did for four years that he was in office was to go around the country helping the needy. And then subsequently, Diosdado Macapagal won the presidency, whether or not there is a parallel to that, I’m just stating facts,” Drilon said.

“Diosdado Macapagal was similarly situated as Vice President Robredo,” he added.

Politics was not planned - Leni

Asked what she thought of the comparison, Robredo said: “Siguro similar kami in the sense na pareho kaming walang Cabinet post.”

“Pero iyong kaibahan siguro, iyong mga areas kasi kung nasaan kami, ito iyong mga areas na sobrang lalayo, ito iyong mga areas na sobrang mahirap puntahan, at ito din iyong mga areas na kaunti iyong tao – kaunti iyong tao kasi sobrang lalayo niya,” she also told reporters

Further asked if she would consider the same path as taken by Macapagal who eventually became president, Robredo said: “Sa akin lang, parating bukas sa kahit anong possibilities, pero kailangan lang gawin iyong dapat gawin.”

“Mahirap sabihing ‘considering’ dahil iyong trajectory ko naman sa politika, walang pinlano,” she added.

Robredo clarifies that the presidency in 2022 is far from her mind, since she does not want to be derailed in all the anti-poverty projects laid out by the OVP.

“Mahirap na planuhin siya kasi kapag pinlano siya, parang iyong lahat na ginagawa ko, ang iniisip ko na iyong saan ba ako makakakuha ng maraming boto… Kontra siya sa mga ginagawa namin kasi talagang iyong mga pinupuntahan namin na mga lugar, hindi siya vote-rich,” she said.

“Ang sinusubukan naman namin mag-fill in ng gaps, na iyong mga lugar na bihira… iyong accessibility sa government programs mahina dahil malayo din sila. So kung iisipin ko na iyong ruta ko for 2022, tingin ko maaapektuhan iyong ginagawa namin,” she added.

The Finance sub-committee approved OVP’s proposed P673.02 million budget for 2020.

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