Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo’s camp expressed gratitude for presumed President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for the leading vice presidential candidate to be a part of his cabinet.
In a media briefing on Friday (May 13), Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said: “Nais naming samantalahin ang pagkakataong ito upang magpasalamat kay presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang pahayag na tayo’y bibigyan niya ng puwesto sa Gabinete sakaling tayo po’y manalo,”
“Noon pa man, sinabi na ni Cong. Leni na nais niyang pag-isahin ang iba’t ibang proyekto at programa ng pamahalaan na mag-aangat sa ating mga kababayan mula sa kahirapan at magbibigay sa kanila ng magandang buhay,” Hernandez said.
However, the spokesperson said Robredo remains open to the idea of running a Cabinet-level agency or department shall she get elected as the new Vice President of the Philippines.
“Ngunit bukas rin po si Cong. Leni sa anumang posisyon sa Gabinete na kanyang ibibigay sa atin, na angkop sa kanyang kakayahan,” Hernandez added.
When asked during the first televised PiliPinas Vice Presidential debates hosted by CNN Philippines, Robredo expressed her desire to focus on streamlining the government’s anti-poverty programs to really help the marginalized, whom she has been helping even before she entered politics.
Before being thrust into politics when her husband, former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo, died on a plane crash in 2012, Leni was a human rights lawyer and worked with a non-governmental organization supporting the plight of farmers and other marginalized group.
During the campaign season, it can be recalled that Duterte was open to the idea of having the running mate of administration bet Mar Roxas in Malacañang. Duterte said that he would appoint Robredo as “assistant president.”
When asked to clarify if he meant “vice president,” he quickly said no and drew a parallelism with his deputy mayors for Muslims and Lumads in Davao City.
Duterte, reacting to the preferred government role of Robredo, said: “Okay lang. Basta andyan siya [Robredo].”