Presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party sees divine intervention in her electoral victory.
Robredo won the close vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes—263,473 votes more than Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s 14,155,344.
Even more fittingly, she won it on her husband’s birthday. Former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo would have turned 58 on Friday, May 27.
“Everything came at the right time. I did not expect it to come on his birthday. We’re lucky
that it was finished on his birthday, of all days. Likewise, the Mass for him was just finished. Everything was providential,” Robredo said.
“Actually, I was confident from Day One of the canvassing. But the victory became more meaningful because it happened on the 58th birthday of my husband. That’s why we are here in Naga, with my daughters, to celebrate his birthday with my husband’s loved ones,” she added.
Robredo and her daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian travelled to Naga on Thursday night by bus.
“We’re glad that it’s over. Both of us had copies of the COCs (certificates of canvass), and it was proven that there were no discrepancies. This proves that there is no poll rigging,” Robredo said.
“The elections have been vicious. I am in no rush, but I hope that there will come a time when those who do not like me will give me a chance to prove my worth. Once they got to know me, I’m sure I am not the one they thought I was,” she added.
The lawmaker said her being an underdog may have fuelled her victory.
“From the very start, I was the one who was very vocal against the dictatorship. That is not personal to Senator Bongbong, but it became personal when he was washing his hands off… that there was nothing to apologize for. But when it comes to desire to be of service, whoever is the opponent, I had the same level of commitment and dedication,” she said.
“Maybe it also helped that winning was really a long shot for me at the start, so I really worked hard. I was the one who visited the most number of provinces…had the most number of sorties and events, because I know I was playing catch up.”
“I knew I did not have the advantage of others: their name, sturdy political machinery, so I worked hard,” Robredo added.
Robredo credited her win to her supporters, who she described as rich and poor, young and old, and who gave everything they could without asking for anything in return.
“It was a combination of help from all sectors. They were just as committed and dedicated.
They were not expecting anything in return. They don’t just make time and put in the effort, they also pour in the resources. They always looked for ways to raise funds,” Robredo said.
“These people were really ready to fight for me, and it was them who pulled me through.”