A POLITICAL analyst believes Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo dominated the recent vice presidential debate for being honest about the shortcomings of the Aquino administration, despite being the administration’s bet.
Prospero de Vera on Thursday said Robredo made a mark when she admitted that the government has its shortcomings, including the failure to improve the traffic situation and mass transit system in Metro Manila.
According to him, statements by the Liberal Party’s candidate for the country’s second-highest post allowed her to “come across as her own candidate,” not just someone who was anointed by the President.
The political analyst said Robredo, a congresswoman representing the Third District of Camarines Sur province, may gain the support of undecided voters since she is not associated with problems on urban traffic, congestion and other issues.
Another analyst, sociologist/political analyst Nicole Curato, said Robredo has the advantage over other aspirants for the position because of her experience with the grassroots sector.
“Leni Robredo has an advantage because she comes from the grassroots,” Curato added.
She cited Robredo for successfully framing her advocacies and issues to fit grassroots perspective.
“She has the track record to back it up,” Curato said, referring to Robredo’s stint as a lawyer for the poor and marginalized sectors before becoming a lawmaker.
The political analyst pointed out that the lawmaker established that she is her own person by not mentioning her late husband, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, during the debate.
Prof. Julio Teehankee, another political analyst, said Robredo “continued with her very authentic and relatable approach.”
“Robredo established her grassroots by starting with the pronouncement of the Sumilao farmers’ endorsement of her candidacy,” Teehankee said.
The farmers were reported to have been beneficiaries of the congresswoman’s pro bono legal services.
With this, Teehankee said, Robredo delivered the message that “from the very start she has been doing legal work for these farmers and, now, they’re returning the favor.”
Robredo’s impressive performance in the first VP debate helped fuel her to the top spot of the Bilang Pilipino April 13 and 14 SWS Mobile Survey Report.
She was three points ahead of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., while Francis Escudero tallied 25 percent. Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Gregorio Honasan got 13, 3 and 1 percent, respectively.
A lawyer for the poor, Robredo provided free legal aid to the marginalized sectors of society, including farmers, fishermen and abused women for a long time before becoming a lawmaker.