Drilon: Leni not pressured to run
SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday denied that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo had agreed to run as vice president of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II because the administration party had pressured her to do so.
“That’s not true. This early they are throwing lies at us,” Drilon said.
He said Robredo had second thoughts about running because her three daughters were against her seeking higher office.
“Her daughters would not approve of it due to their fear of the unknown,” Drilon said.
“Congresswoman Leni Robredo would suddenly be faced with bigger responsibilities, so her children were reluctant.”
Robredo said she wanted to be known for who she is and what she has done instead of being stereotyped as being merely her husband’s wife.
“I think if we’re being voted solely on the basis of sympathy, I think that’s not enough,” Robredo told dzMM radio on Monday night.
“There’s a need to prove to the public what we’ve already done for the public to trust us.”
Robredo, who was widowed early when her husband, the late Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, died in a plane crash in Masbate in 2012, is often compared to democracy icon and former President Corazon Aquino.
President Benigno Aquino III, in his speech after endorsing Robredo on Monday, said he “cannot help but compare her [Robredo] to my mother [Corazon Aquino].”
“They were both suddenly widowed. They were both previously seen as mere housewives, but were eventually called to lead,” Aquino said.
“And like my mother, Leni had no ambitions to run, but her countrymen asked her to sacrifice to solidify our leadership in Camarines Sur.”
Drilon said Robredo’s children cleared her to accept the LP’s offer for her to run for vice president only last Saturday.
“She thought about it and consulted her children for a few weeks, and last Saturday they agreed,” said Drilon, the LP’s national vice chairman.
He expressed hope that her ratings would go up after her declaration as Roxas’ running mate.
“Now that Congresswoman Robredo has declared her candidacy, we are sure that her ratings will go up,” Drilon said.
“We also thank her for accepting the challenge to be the country’s vice president because she is a model for good governance.”