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.