Vice President-elect Leni Robredo has reminded her partymates that being in a political party is not for purposes of winning elections but for standing up for common principles.
Robredo, who is expected to take on a leadership role in the Liberal Party (LP) being the incoming Vice President, gave the advice even as her party mates already started to flock to the new ruling party–the PDP-Laban of Davao City Mayor and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
“It has been a natural course for a party to lose members once the sitting administration is not led by someone from the same party. Pero sana hindi nakakalimutan ng aming mga kasama na hindi kami magkakasama para lang sa eleksyon. Magkakasama kami dahil sa paniniwala… dahil pare-pareho kami ng paniniwala [I just hope that our party mates would not forget that we are together not because of elections but because we share the same stand on issues],” Robredo, a lawyer, said.
The Camarines Sur congresswoman who was proclaimed Vice President on Monday afternoon disclosed that she would have to step up despite being a newbie in the LP because she is the highest elected official among the party’s members.
Robredo, widow of former Interior and Local Government Secretary and good governance icon Jesse Robredo, joined the LP three years ago when she decided to run for Congress to stop a squabble among the party’s local candidates in her province.
“As far as the party is concerned, I am just a newbie. I have not held any party position before, but my understanding is that the whoever gets to be the highest elected official will take a leadership mantle for the party,” he told reporters.
“I don’t know if it will be [as]titular head, or somebody who will actively take on leadership chores, since we are yet to convene,” Robredo said.
LLANESCA T. PANTI