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‘Robredo will win the Bicolano vote’

ALBAY Gov. Joey Salceda said Sunday he was confident Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo would win the “Bicolano vote” over Senator Francis Escudero, a fellow Bicolano, should Robredo decide to run for vice president under the Liberal Party.

“It’s not in the nature of a Bicolano to fight over another fellow Bicolano, but I’m confident that Congresswoman Leni can win here in Bicol. Leni can win in Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur,” Salceda, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, told dzMM radio.

Welcome sight. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who is being eyed as the vice presidential running mate of Manuel Roxas II, waves to her Bicolano friends from the terrace of her ancestral house in Naga City during last weekend’s celebrations in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Danny Pata

“Of course, Escudero hails from Sorsogon—they’ll definitely vote for him in the polls since he’s their former representative. [But] I’ll rally for Leni here in Albay.”

The region’s politicians are divided on who to support for the 2016 elections as two of Bicol’s prized politicians are on the verge of facing each for the vice presidency.

While some provinces may be expected to vote for LP standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, this may not be true of the vice presidential post.

Robredo’s Liberal Party in Bicol holds control over Camarines Norte, Albay and some parts of Camarines Sur.

Should the Nacionalista Party join forces with the Nationalist People’s Coalition to back Escudero in the elections, the groups may have the support of the provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate and some parts of Camarines Sur.

Sorsogon had earlier indicated its support for Roxas but promised to vote for Escudero.  

“In Albay, even if we’re sandwiched between the two, I’ll fight for Leni here,” Salceda said.

“Even if we’re not as big as Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, ilalampaso pa rin ni Leni dyan si Chiz.”

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