Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, on Friday, May 6, urged Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. not to use her or the false picture of a Liberal Party-led power grab to win over voters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo revealed in an interview that she was saddened by Marcos claims that she, in the event of winning of the vice presidential bid, would seize the presidency from Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, if he wins as president.
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She also admits that she was "saddened" by Marcos' accusation about plotting with the the Liberal Party (LP) and by his claims that her rise is all a part of the administration's alleged mind-conditioning strategy.
“Nakakalungkot. Palagay ko kino-court niya ang Duterte votes. Puwede niya namang ligawan iyong mga supporters ni Mayor Duterte na hindi siya nagsisinungaling. Nakakalungkot na he has to resort to allegations such as this. Hindi niya ako siguro kilala. Hindi naman iyan ang mundo ko. Sila ang mga pulitiko," she said to reporters in an interview at the Ateneo de Manila University.
(It's disappointing. I think he's trying to woo the Duterte voters. He could win over these supporters without lying. It's disappointing that he has to resort to allegations such as this. He doesn't know me. That isn't my world. They are the politicians.)
Robredo, a pro-bono lawyer for marginalized sectors, joined the political arena as the Camarines Sur Third District Representative in 2013 after the death of her husband, the former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. She claims that this is yet another one of Marcos' attempt to puncture her surge in the voter ratings in the latest surveys.
“Ako, bagong-bago akong pulitiko at iyong klase ng pulitikang sinimulan ng aming mag-asawa, hindi naman ganoon. Hindi gaya ng pulitika nila.,” she added.
(I am very new to politics and the kind of politics my husband and I started out with is not like that. Not like theirs.)
Robredo's rise in the surveys as the people's top choice for vice president - tied statistically with Marcos - is backed up by 3 surveys conducted by independent pollsters: the ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Inc., the Social Weather Stations survey, and The Standard poll conducted by Laylo Research Strategies.