VICE President Leni Robredo won’t sabotage the elected President if she wins the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls.
Robredo, a congresswoman representing Camarines Sur, made the promise two days after it was revealed that Kris Aquino–youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino 3rd–paid for a television advertisement of herself endorsing Robredo without charging the lawmaker anything.
Such gesture from Kris, a movie and television star, did not go the way of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, whose running mate is Robredo.
Another celebrity endorser for Robredo who played a big role during then- Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd’s 2010 presidential campaign is actor Dingdong Dantes, who is expected to endorse the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe, godmother to Dantes’ first-born daughter Letizia.
“It would be unfortunate [if one of us won’t win], but it is on the job description that regardless of who is elected President, the amount of commitment that will be given should be the same as the one I would give to my running mate. Nothing less, nothing more, because that is in our oath of office,” Robredo said at the sidelines of the campaign in Olongapo City, Zambales.
“Having said that, the office [of the Vice President]should have a program… how could it be of help in steering the country’s progress? Because [if]you just wait for something to happen to the President, that you wish to be the next President… you will spend the next six years on political jockeying. The post is then wasted,” she added.
In the last four presidential elections, there was only one instance when candidates from the same team or political party won the presidency and the vice presidency.
That was during the 2004 polls when then-incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her running mate then-Sen. Noli de Castro won against their rivals Fernando Poe Jr. and Sen. Loren Legarda, respectively.
The President’s other sisters namely Ballsy, Pinky and Viel are also backing Robredo’s bid but are all quiet on Roxas’.
The Camarines Sur lawmaker earlier said she is thankful for the Aquino sisters’ unwavering support and that she does not want to impose any candidate on them.
She, however, underscored that she is all-out in pushing for the presidential bid of Roxas.
“Of course, I will wish that if I will be lucky enough to be elected, I would also want my presidential candidate to win because my being drafted here is based on the premise that we are the compatible team,” Robredo said.