• Robredo: Higher ratings when poll campaign starts


    Administration vice presidential bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she is optimistic that her ratings will climb when the official campaign period starts and she is seen with standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd more often.

    “Most probably we will be more together than apart when the official campaign season starts… We are expecting it will be a plus that we’re together,” the lawmaker said at Pandesal Forum in Quezon City.

    As the two come from different group, according to Robredo, she always knew that Roxas has gone really far when it comes to public awareness compared to her.

    She admitted that the electorate do not really know her, the reason that most of the time she is on her own so that the people will come to know her better.

    In a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on December 23, 2015, Sen. Francis Escudero topped the vice presidential race with 30 percent while Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Robredo tied in the second spot with 19 percent.

    Regardless of who tops the survey, the Camarines Sur lawmaker said she will continue to focus on her fight despite being at what she called a “disadvantage.”

    Meanwhile, Robredo expressed concerns about an apparent rift between Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials—Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon—over the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe and her disqualification cases.

    The squabble “affects the people’s trust in the institution [Comelec],” she said.

    According to her, people are expecting that the busiest office these days will be the Comelec.

    She said as poll officials are in the thick of preparations for the 2016 May elections, Bautista and Guanzon should no longer waste time quarrelling.

    On ad spending, the congresswoman clarified that a Nielsen monitoring report indicating that she had already spent over P91 million on TV ads is not true.

    Robredo said there are many areas in the country’s election laws that should be improved especially when it comes to election spending.


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