Despite being a candidate under the ruling party, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo seems to have no plans of being associated with the Liberal Party (LP) if proclaimed as the winner in the still-tightly contested vice presidential elections.
Leni Robredo has slowly but surely started breaking away from the Liberal Party. As a politician who wants to be known for transparent and honest governance, she reportedly does not want anything to do with the LP politicians that have been mired in their own corruption controversies.
So instead of buddying up with the veterans of the ruling party - such as the faction with Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Robredo has opted to go for the company of younger administration allies with clean reputations, such as Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and Quezon City Rep. Gorge “Bolet” Banal.
Aquino, a cousin of soon-to-be former President Benigno Aquino III, is Robredo’s campaign manager, and Banal was constantly in her sorties.
Banal also happens to be a member of the Kaya Natin! Movement for good governance, with Robredo’s late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
If anything can show her desire to be independent, it is how she chose to rally her supporters and host a press conference on Tuesday, May 10, at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Eastwood instead of Balay, where Mar Roxas, her running mate, admitted defeat to presumptive president and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
As of writing time and with 96.13% of processed election returns, Robredo is maintaining her lead with 14,022,625 votes. Her competition for the position is Senator Bongbong Marcos, with 13,803,372 votes. Marcos, in an earlier report has repeatedly casted allegations of cheating and hidden plans, in an effort to interrupt and hinder the processing of the votes.
COMELEC officials are still looking into the reports as they contemplate on the possibility of the manually re-counting votes as proposed by Marcos.