Current Camarines Sur Representative and incoming Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said that she is to explore other means of transportation aside from taking bus rides when going home to her province in Camarines Sur for safety reasons as she is already proclaimed as the second most powerful public official in the Philippines.
In a media conference after her proclamation as the 14 vice president of the country at the House of Representatives, Leni Robredo acknowledged that Filipino citizens, especially her supporters, are concerned about her and her daughter’s safety when they take bus rides to and from Camarines Sur.
“Naiintindihan ko po yung concern. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo at humihingi po ako ng pag-unawa,” Robredo said.
(I understand why they are concerned. I am grateful for it and I am asking for more understanding.)
She explained that taking bus rides is more economical as plan tickers are costly.
“‘Yung isa pong plane ticket, Php. 9,000 pauwi. Napakamahal po ng plane ticket papunta samin. ‘Yung bus po P1,000 lang parang kung magbabayad ako ng 9000 x 4 kaya ko na sigurong arkilahin ‘yung buong bus,” she said.
(One-way plane ticket cost Php. 9,000. It is so expensive. A bus ride only costs Php. 1,000. If I pay 9,000 x 4, I can already rent the whole bus.)
She also said that riding the bus is actually safe because when the speed limit reaches 100 kilometers per hour, “nag-a-alarm na po yun kaya kampante kami na nakasakay doon.”
Although she also considered travelling using her personal vehicle, she said that it is not the best option because the roads going to their province is not safe to be travelled on unlike riding the bus.
Robredo, together with her daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian, are famous for riding the bus when going home to Camarines Sur.
She said that to ensure added security, she would let her security personnel come with them.