MANILA, Philippines – Despite earlier declaring she will seek a seat in the Senate or House of Representatives, Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said she is also open to becoming Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ running mate in the 2016 elections—only if there are no other qualified candidates.
“If I’m indispensable, then I might consider,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying over the weekend. “However, there are more candidates who are more able and ready.”
Despite admitting she still had lingering doubts on running for Vice President, Robredo said she is still nonetheless flattered at being considered by the administration.
“It’s a big thing for me to be considered for the position,” she said. “I am thankful that other people think highly of me.”
She added that she was frank about her plans with President Benigno Aquino after the latter asked her what her plans were for 2016.
“I told him that I am considering running for the Senate, but what we are preparing now is for my reelection,” she said.
Aside from Robredo, the ruling Liberal Party (LP) is also reportedly eyeing Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos to be Roxas’ running mate.
Roxas and his opponent Vice President Jejomar Binay both have no vice presidential candidates so far.
Like her late husband Jessie who was Roxas’ predecessor in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Robredo has garnered approval for her down-to-earth ways.
During Aquino’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month, Robredo was hailed for not being engaged in attention-seeking like the rest of her peers after she was “caught” going through a backdoor stairway instead of the red carpet — what she had apparently been doing for the past three years.
Last December, a photo showing her waiting for a bus at a stop in her home province also became viral and won her praise.