Noy tells Leni’s kids: Let your mom run

JESSE’S GIRLS President Benigno Aquino 3rd and then-Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd share the stage with Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo and daughters Patricia, Jillian Therese and Jessica Marie “Aika” in this June 2013 file photograph. MALACANANG PHOTO

JESSE’S GIRLS President Benigno Aquino 3rd and then-Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd share the stage with Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo and daughters Patricia, Jillian Therese and Jessica Marie “Aika” in this June 2013 file photograph. MALACANANG PHOTO

Is the administration party one step closer to finally finding a running mate for its standard-bearer, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd?

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday revealed he has formally offered the vice presidential slot of the Liberal Party (LP) to Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

Speaking to reporters during his visit to Apayao province, Aquino said he also met two of Robredo’s daughters–Trisha and Aika–to also convince them why their mother was being eyed to vie for the nation’s second top-most elective position.

Robredo in a television interview said whatever that decision may be, her children will remain her priority.

“Hindi ko pwedeng unahin yung political ambitions over ‘yung mga obligasyon ko sa mga anak ko kaya sa akin praktikal lang ako [I cannot prioritize my political ambitions over my obligation to my children. I’m just being practical],” she said.

The LP is now training its sights on Leni, widow of good governance icon Jesse Robredo, after Aquino’s original choice for the position, Sen. Grace Poe, refused the offer and declared that she is gunning for Malacañang with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero as running mate.

Robredo was initially floated as a possible alternative to Poe in August after a series of meetings to try to convince the senator to forego her political ambitions ended in deadlock.

Aside from Robredo, the LP was reportedly also considering Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th.

“Kahapon nagkaroon kami ng pagpupulong… Maganda ang usapan. ‘Yung mga palaisipan, ibinahagi sa atin ni Leni [We had a meeting yesterday and we had a good discussion. Leni shared her thoughts on the idea],” Aquino said.

Joining them in the meeting were Roxas, and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman.
Aquino said another meeting has been set with the Robredo family.

The President added that he understood the apprehensions of the Robredos, considering that she and her daughters were still adjusting to living their life without the head of their family, Jesse, who was killed in a plane crash in 2012.

Jesse was replaced by Roxas as Interior secretary.

“We’ll sit down and talk again to clear the air. We’ll set the expectations and tell her again why we now favor her to become our Vice President,” the President said in Filipino.

Aquino added that Robredo would be an ideal partner for Roxas in continuing the “daang matuwid [straight path]” platform of the ruling Liberal Party because of her “positive image.”

“If you’re looking for somebody who is not in the mold of a traditional politician, isn’t it that we find that face in Leni Robredo?

“She has demonstrated a lot of commendable traits and we want to take that with us, with Mar, in the campaign and if they succeed, we’ll have a truly one team that would put on fast track all the reforms we have put in place,” the President said.

He likened Robredo to her mother, the late former president Corazon Aquino whose inexperience was made into a campaign issue in 1986.

Robredo, a lawyer, had said she is not qualified to aspire for the vice presidency as she lacks experience in public administration.

In an earlier interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel, she brushed aside being compared to the late president.

“Aside from the fact that we’re both widows, I pale in comparison to her. I’m so out of her league,” Robredo said.

She added that she will likely decide on her 2016 plans by the end of the month, when survey results are expected to be released.

Robredo said she will only run for Vice President if she is convinced that no one else can do the job.


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  1. let’s not judgemental. each individual has a mind of his/her own to think what is good for them. parang ang dami nyo a

    tang gusto dictahan c Robledo eh.

  2. desperate yellow armies.. Leni, please don’t let them dictate your decisions if you were only their option.. 3rd option by the way after Grace & Vilma..

  3. My goodness , why will Leni Robredo allow the ambition of Aquino and Roxas be an influence for her to run as their VP? She cannot handle the job to begin with.
    The LP party thinks governing a country is thru monopoly and control . We cannot allow the Strangle hold by this kinds of leaders , very Narrow minded Aquino and Roxas so self serving and thinks they are entitled to positions due to their family names!
    Our current government is truly run by a Student Council!

  4. It’s like allowing these yellowtards to hit Leni Robredo hard on the head. She should just concentrate on her own bailiwick than be with Roxas. If she’s honest about her statement that her children are her priority then she should not accept the vice presidency…she is being used by Aquino and Roxas. Just think why there are no takers of the position of VP with Roxas. It’s a losing proposition. Roxas is not respected by the citizenry. He has no mind of his own…a weakling and definitely not an honest person.

  5. You should be your own man Mar Roxas and not be dictated by coward and weakling P-NOY this SOB is a liability.Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is still the best man to be the next President 2016,he is the real deal to tackle the problems of our country and make the Philippines the pearl of the orient again.

  6. Please lang wag magpagamit sa trapo. Wag nang dungisan ang integrity ng namayapang jess robredo sa pagpipilit na tumakbo ang asawa kasama ang mga trapo na eto. Kakaloka nman moves nyo liberal party!

  7. Sabi ni Roxas sa mga anak ni Leni Robredo: “Hayaan ninyong tumakbo ang nanay ninyong VP sa akin kasi wala na kaming makuhang popular, lahat ayaw kasi alam nilang matatalo kung sino man siya kung kasama ko.”
    Ito ang dapat sabihin ng mga magaling na tuso sa anak ni Leni. Ha ha ha! Mga gunggong!

  8. Leni ,before making your decisions, please consider this,.
    Being a vice president is not just a spare tire. If a sitting president is incapacitated or removed from office, the vice will take case this happens{hope not}
    Do you have what it takes to manage and be in- charge of 98 million Filipinos?. Are you ready to go to war and be commander-in-chief encase the Chinese will grab more of our islands? Will you be at ease meeting world leaders? Do you have the courage to fight corruption, crime,and poverty?
    if you say yes, then accept the offer.

  9. President aquino applying bullying tactics on kids. Unsurprising, and indicative of how desperate LP/mar roxas is to find someone who can bolster his weak image, and that he cannot do anything on his own.
    Roxas constantly underlines how much of a mommys boy and spoilt brat he is, just like pnoy aquino.
    Necropolitics at play.

    Leni robredo would lose all respect if she lets herself be used in such an obvious manner, and to help the very people who treated her husband so badly.
    I hope she does not disrespect his memory by being flattered into helping out his enemies. Jesse would roll over in his grave.

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      Leni Robredo should not allow herself to be used as second fiddle by a weakling Roxas. Why can’t Roxas find a suitable running mate for himself rather than allow Aquino to help him bully the kids of Leni Robredo? He is a weakling and doesn’t deserve to be President. Mga gonggong.