‘I’ll not stop her’

Mommy Knows Best Camarines Sur  Rep. Leni Robredo (right) with her mother, Salvacion Sto. Tomas, before the altar of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Photo By Rhaydz Barcia

Mommy Knows Best Camarines Sur
Rep. Leni Robredo (right) with her mother, Salvacion Sto. Tomas, before the altar of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Photo By Rhaydz Barcia

NAGA CITY: The mother of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will not stop her from running for the second highest elective post of the land.


“I will not discourage or encourage her because she knows what has to be done. I will support whatever decision she’ll make,” Salvacion “Sally” Sto. Tomas told The Manila Times in an exclusive interview at their residence here.

Robredo – widow of good governance icon Jesse Robredo – is here to attend the feast of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol region.

The 51-year-old lawmaker was formally offered the vice presidential slot by Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd after talks with original choice, Sen. Grace Poe, bogged down.

Poe, the frontrunner in pre-election preference surveys for president and vice president, declared her presidential candidacy last Wednesday.

Robredo had earlier said she’s not entertaining the idea after her name was floated as a potential vice presidential candidate.

The day after Roxas made her the offer, Robredo continues to keep her cards close to her chest and reiterated her previous pronouncements that she remains undecided.
The lawmaker told The Manila Times she is still waiting for a sign.

Asked what could be the sign she’s considering, Robredo answered with a smile.

“I don’t know My three daughters don’t want me to run for higher position,” she said.

On Thursday, Robredo created a stir in social after she posted a picture of her late husband with a caption, “Can I use my lifeline?” Her post was generally interpreted as a sign she’s being pressed to accept the Liberal Party’s draft.

Robredo had admitted that she was considering a senatorial but was having second thoughts as this would mean giving the congressional district back to the control of the Villafuertes.

Robredo defeated Nelly Favis Villafuerte, wife of long-time governor and congressman Luis, in the 2013 elections.


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  1. Go for it Ms Leni. We need you and Mar to run our country. We need people like you for you two are qualified and the future of OUR COUNTRY MEN. Please do not allow actress and actors to run our country…PNoy is the best that happen in our country. We gain respect and investors from all over the world. PLEASE PLEASE…your husband would be very glad. All will fall in it’s place, Believe me. I’ll personally offer a prayer for you and Mar. May the spirit of your husband will hold and guide you. You are definitely in the right track.GO GO GO…
    God Bless you your family and Mar’s as well.

  2. Leni Robredo is better off working and serving her province where she is most comfortable with.
    Don’t bite something more than you can chew! Your daughters are right , why sell yourself just to satisfy Roxas? He does not deserve you at all . Don’t let them get into your head . Stay put !