Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd has assured party support to his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who was leading the vice presidential race as of Wednesday afternoon.
Robredo told reporters that the assurance came after she met with Roxas prior to the latter announcing that he was conceding to frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“Actually, I am sadder than Secretary Mar. He is in very high spirits and he assured me that the people have spoken [in his case]. But for myself, he said he will be always be there for me,” Robredo, a lawyer, said.
“He [Roxas] assured me that whenever I would need anything, I could just call and he and the party will be there. You have to remember that I am new in the party,” she added.
Robredo joined the LP only in 2012, when public clamor prompted her to seek public office as Third District Representative of Camarines Sur after the death of her husband, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, in August 2012.
Robredo went on to win the congressional seat by an overwhelming 70,000 votes.
As of 12:28 p.m. of Wednesday, she was leading Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. by 223,000 votes.
Both candidates had more than 13 million votes.
Robredo admitted that she was dejected that Roxas was already out of the race.
“Of course, I feel sad that Secretary Mar did not win, maybe in the same way that Mayor Duterte feels about Sen. Alan not winning. Secretary Mar is a very kind, thoughtful person. He said to me he doesn’t want to make a concession statement without consulting me,” she said.
Alan is Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate.
“He [Roxas] showed me his concession speech, asked for my suggestion. I told him that his speech is okay. He is a very competent person as far as I am concerned,” Robredo said.