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.