Vice presidential race frontrunner Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party will have fewer bus rides pending, she said, her proclamation as Vice President and even beyond because of security concerns.
Robredo made the statement in an interview ahead of her bus trip to Naga City (Camarines Sur) late Monday night to attend a wake of a friend in her hometown.
“Maybe it [bus ride]won’t be as often because I used to ride the bus [to Naga]twice a week. I won’t know the security arrangements at this point, but I don’t want to cause inconvenience to people,” she said.
For the first time late Monday, Robredo traveled to NagaCity in a bus with a security aide.
“There are concerns about this trip pending my proclamation… they said it would be better for me not be exposed since there is danger, but a leader from our town died and I can’t skip the wake. That’s why I insisted on pushing through with this trip, just with some arrangements,” she said.
As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Robredo led chief rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. by 219,000 votes, according to an unofficial count.
“I still want to ride the bus even if I am proclaimed the winner because I don’t want to change my habit that keeps me grounded. But of course, there will be compromises, because I used to ride the bus alone. Now, I have to travel with security,” she pointed out.
Earlier also on Monday, Robredo’s camp noted there is mathematical certainty that Marcos will not be able to catch up with her because Robredo’s lead outnumbers the uncounted votes of just around 111,000.
Aside from riding the bus, Robredo wants to keep her habit of going around the country to visit far-flung areas where social services are in dire straits.
“I like going around and I am hoping that I won’t be restricted in doing that. But at the same time, I understand that there is a security concern because there is a bigger responsibility,” she said.
“I am not averse to change. I just don’t want the higher office changing me for the wrong reason,” Robredo added.