Liberal Party(LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo cannot wait to win the second highest post in the land.
“Sa amin pong anim, may the best woman win! Kapag binabalikan ko ang kuwento at mukha ng aking mga nakakasalamuha, sinasabi ko po sa sarili ko, ‘Excited na akong manalo [Among us, may the best woman win. Seeing the people in the campaign and hearing their plight, I tell myself, ‘I am excited to win this’]!” Robredo, the lone woman candidate for Vice President in the May 2016 elections, said.
Also a congresswoman representing Camarines Sur, she expressed such confidence in her closing statement during the first-ever vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday.
Robredo said her lifelong service to the poor as a lawyer for farmers, fishermen and battered wives, as well as being a mother, wife and a law student at the same time have geared her well en route to the vice presidency.
“Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda. Iyong simpleng pamumuhay, iyong unos at kahirapan na pinagdaanan naming pamilya. Iyong aking matagal na panunungkulan sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan [Being on the campaign trail, it has been clear to me why I am here. I feel that my whole life was a preparation. Our simple life, the trials that the family faced, my long experience of being a lawyer for the poor],” she added.
Robredo ranked third in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday morning at 19 percent but she is within striking distance of Sen. Francis Escudero (21 percent) and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (26 percent).
She started at 1 percent.
“I am excited not for myself, but for the people who are depending on me to lead them,” Robredo pointed out.
“Noong una po akong tumatakbo, halos wala po sa aking nakakakilala. Sa lahat po yata sa amin, pang-huli ako. Ngayon, hindi na ganoon ang kuwento. Malapit na, abot-kamay na ang tagumpay [When I started, nobody knew me. I was a tail-ender. Now, it is a different story. Now, victory is within my grasp],” the widow of Interior secretary and good governance icon Jesse Robredo, said.
Earlier in the , she promised address the needs of the poor such as housing, nutrition, among others, so that the poor won’t struggle in accessing government services.
“Isa po akong ina, at hindi ko po papabayaan ang aking mga anak, hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan [I am a mother, and I won’t let my children astray. I won’t let our nation go astray],” Robredo said.