NAGA CITY: The Mar Roxas-Leni Robredo tandem for the 2016 elections was endorsed on Tuesday by Naga City Councilor Gabby Bordado before a crowd of about 5,000 people.
Bordado made the endorsement on the occasion of the third death anniversary of Robredo’s husband, Jesse Robredo.
The announcement of Bordado elicited a thunderous applause, signifying a favorable response from the crowd, who attended the testimonials during the celebration of the third Jesse Robredo Day at the Naga City Hall.
The participants included representatives from the youth, women and urban poor sectors as well as government officials from various cities and towns in the Bicol region.
Roxas arrived in Naga City with other cabinet secretaries to join President Benigno Aquino 3rd to visit the grave of Jesse Robredo at the Eternal Gardens on Tuesday morning.
Naga City officials, including Mayor John Bongat, city Liberal Party (LP) chairman, said he is giving his all-out support to Robredo should she decide to run for vice president.
“She is very much qualified, given the work ethic, dedication and character that she has shown. But at the end of the day, the decision is hers,” Bongat said.
Another LP member, Naga Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, said that whatever Robredo’s political plans are, she will always have their full support.
He said they have taken note of Robredo’s pronouncement about either seeking a second term or running for a Senate seat.
Still, Legacion said they would wait for Robredo’s decision and that of the main LP leadership before making a concrete move.
Legacion is confident that Robredo will get the bigger “Bicol vote” than Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero should the two face each other in the vice presidential race.
Meanwhile, Bordado said he believes in Robredo’s competence and capability to protect and promote her late husband’s legacy of good governance.
“As it stands, Leni hasn’t only made a positive impact on her district but also on the entire country,” he said.
Bordado said he would unequivocally support Robredo in whatever she decides.