• Don’t count Leni out – Belmonte

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    Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will be in for a tough fight next year because all of her opponents for the vice presidential race are senators, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Saturday.

    Belmonte, the vice chairman of the LP, however said Robredo’s chances of winning should not be belittled even if this will be her first time to mount a national campaign.

    So far, Robredo has four opponents—Senators Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trilla¬nes 4th and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. Of these four, Escudero, Cayetano and Trillanes have never lost in an election.

    But Belmonte is unfazed, saying that the more candidates who will slug it out for the vice presidencial race, the better it will be for the Camarines lawmaker.

    “Look at these people who she will be opposing. These people will surely blast one another. Admittedly, her numbers are low at this point, but that is because she is trying to shun running from a higher position because she worries about her district. But if she goes for it and goes up against four or five opponents, I believe she will have better chances,” the Speaker said.

    Officials of the ruling party has reached a consensus to nominate Robredo as the running mate of LP standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

    Robredo admitted that she faces a difficult fight.

    “If we look at the numbers right now, I’m too far [from winning it]. It’s an uphill climb. I don’t know how to go about national elections as compared with those who are long prepared for this. I have only participated in one district election. But once the campaign starts, it’s everybody’s game,” she told reporters.

    Robredo defeated Nelly Villafuerte, the wife of long-time Camarines Sur Governor and lawmaker Luis Villafuerte in 2013 by 70,000 votes. Her candidacy was buoyed by a strong public clamor for her to seek public office after her husband, former Interior Jesse Robredo, died in a helicopter crash in August 2012.

    The Pulse Asia survey released last week showed that Robredo got a three percent voting preference, way behind Escudero’s 23 percent and Cayetano’s nine percent.

    Robredo also noted that three of those running for vice president also come from Bicol region.

    “It would really be nice if that wasn’t the case, but life is not like that. We have to deal with circumstances that come to us,” she said.

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    1. Leni Robredo is not that popular in her own province – whether she runs for Congressman, Senator (she ranks # 26 in surveys) or VP for Mar – she will lose.
      Her only hope and that of Mar is to cheat using Hocus Pcos, like what Leni did in May 2013 through the help of Liberal Party /PNoy and Mar’s Smartmatic Hocus Pcos- if they do it again in 2016 -people will know it is not beleivable for them to win. In May 2013 all the Municipal Mayor Candidates ( 7 of them) of her opponent Nelly Villafuerte won, all the mayor candidates of Leni Robredo lost – only Leni won due to the help of the Liberal Party Hocus Pcos

    2. Leni only won in the May 2013 elections due to the PNoy Hocus Pcos of the Liberal Party, plus sympathy votes for her husband who was killed in a plane crash. The people of Cam Sur know this very well.

      Leni can not even win to her side the big-league politicians in her own province of Cam Sur to support her. Rep Andaya and Gov Migz Villafuerte is for Grace Poe, Rep Fuentebella, Rep Luis Villafuerte, Sr and Rep Alfelor are all for Binay – not one, not even one of the Cam Sur political leaders with national stature are for Mar-Leni tandem – only her Naga City Mayor and of course some of her Constituents. But my question is – how come Leni Robredo can not even win any one of the Cam Sur political bigwigs on her side? Looks like Leni will not even score big votes in her own province of Cam Sur. Leni did not accomplish anything significant as a first-termer congresswoman. Leni can not even contribute significant votes for herself in Cam Sur, what more for Mar Roxas ? If Leni will not be able to score big in her own Province, what more in the other Provinces of the Philippines ??. If Leni runs again as Congresswoman in her own District in 2016- she will even lose this time around for lack of any significant accomplishment for almost 3 years as a Congresswoman – she should know this.

    3. A lot of people say you are one smart woman. Use that intellect and in the end you will discern that you are just being used as a pawn. Do not allow the opportunism and desperation of Aquino and Roxas to lure you. Run for senate because not only will you be remembered, but also admired. God bless you.

    4. UNSOLICITED ADVICE:
      Leni takbo ka na lang na Senador – Sure winner ka (top)

      Kung takbo kang Vice President – Sure loser ka. Marcos is the winner.
      Ginagamit ka lang ni Aquino to uplift Roxas. Ano man ang gagawain
      nila Aquino/Roxas ay hindi sila mananalo.

      Ang pag-asa lang ni Roxas ay ang DAYA SA PCOS –
      BUT IF THEY DO THIS – THEY ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE.
      MITSA NG REVOLUTION YAN – LOSER KA PARIN AT ANG FILIPINO.
      THE MILITARY WILL THROUGH OUT AQUINO.

      DO YOU LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN-SURELY YOUR HUSBAND DO NOT LIKE IT.