Leni Robredo could be the sleeper in the 2016 elections.
Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd, a known political strategist, believes that the Camarines Sur lawmaker–widow of good governance icon Jesse Robrero–would be the runaway winner in the race for vice president if her campaign is handled properly.
“She’ll beat Chiz. I feel if she’s packaged properly, if she has the right message, she’s going to be, maybe a runaway winner,” he said as he referred to fellow senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who is believed to become the running mate of Sen. Grace Poe should she gun for the presidency.
Escudero is ranked 3rd behind Poe and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd in the latest pre-election surveys for vice president.
Robredo was ranked 10th in the Social Weather Stations March survey, which had Escudero in the 2nd spot next to Poe.
While admitting that she’s entertaining thoughts of running for higher office in 2016, Robredo said the vice presidency did not enter her mind.
The possibility of fielding Robredo as the Liberal Party’s next viable candidate for vice president came up after negotiations to have Poe team up with Roxas–the Liberal Party’s standard-bearer–remain deadlocked.
On Tuesday, a movement spearheaded by an LP leader, Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada 3rd, and Jesse Robredo’s colleagues in the Kaya Natin! Movement took off to drum up support for Mrs. Robredo’s possible run for the vice presidency.
“She’s going to be an easy sell. She’s going to make a wonderful candidate. She’s going to be a very big plus for Mar [Roxas],” Osmeña said.
“She has to be handled properly. She has to be exposed to the national audience. But I’ve seen so many people come and go in this business, the game of politics and normally once in a rare blue moon, you can spot somebody and say she’s going to be very attractive,” he added.
The senator said having Robredo as the LP bet would be an advantage for Roxas because she has no political baggage and the first thing a presidential candidate must make sure of is that his vice president will not bring him down.