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Aquino: Robredo to be Mar’s VP

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III  expressed confidence Wednesday that the Liberal Party would be able to convince Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to be the running mate of former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the party’s standard bearer in next year’s elections.

When asked why Robredo was absent during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting, Aquino said Robredo was still undergoing a process.

“She is still undergoing a process. Let us hear her speak next week,” Aquino said.

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He said they expected Robredo to announce her decision soon.

Aquino on Wednesday also appealed to his party mates to give priority to Roxas’ campaign over their own candidacies, saying Roxas would continue the party’s “Tuwid na Daan” or straight path.

He made his statement as the LP formally gave its blessings to Roxas as its standard bearer in the joint National Directorate and National Executive Council meeting at the Balay Expo Filipino in Cubao, Quezon City.

Aquino said they still  had a Plan B in case Robredo failed to agree to be Roxas’ running mate.

“Of course [we have a plan B], but I think the candidate will be in the best position to answer that,” Aquino said.

On the other hand, he seemed to have lost interest in trying to convince Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to be Roxas’ running mate as the senator had already announced he would be running for vice president without mentioning which presidential candidate he would be joining.

“He already declared, hasn’t he?” Aquino said. “I don’t want to speak for somebody else and I think he spoke already for himself.”

On Sept. 29, Cayetano announced his vice presidential bid during a trip to Davao.

On the other hand, Aquino downplayed any problems between him and Cayetano.

“I already told him before, the past is already past,” Aquino said.

“We are just waiting for the present and the future. Maybe we could work on this together.”

When asked if Cayetano had intentions to be the running mate, Aquino said it would be best to just ask the senator himself. Sandy Araneta and John Paolo Bencito

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