Robredo on gunning for the presidency in 2022: “Destiny yun.”
For Vice President Leni Robredo, seeking the presidency must be left to destiny.
This was her reply in an interview Monday in San Fernando City, Pampanga where she attended a multisectoral forum.
Asked about the possibility of a ‘Robredo vs. Sara Duterte’ presidential race in 2022, the country’s second highest official said: “Yung sa akin kasi, yung pagiging pangulo, destiny yun. Yung kasaysayan natin, nagpapakita na hindi ‘to napapaghandaan.”
“Maraming nagbalak. Pero kapag para sa’yo ‘to, magiging sa’yo. Kapag hindi talaga ito para sa’yo, kahit among gawin mo, hindi sa’yo ibibigay,” she added.
Robredo said it would not be good for her to keep thinking about any ambitions in 2022 while she is vice president.
“Meron akong Angat Buhay. Kapag 2022 yung iisipin ko, ang parati ko ng konsiderasyon (ay) ‘yung eleksyon,” she said, referring to her flagship project which focuses on alleviating the plight of marginalized sectors of society.
“Kapag ang konsiderasyon ko (ay) eleksyon, parati na sigurong magiging requirement ko (na ang) dapat puntahan namin na mga community (ay yung may) maraming botante… yung hindi sayang sa oras,” she explained.
“Hindi ko na mapupuntahan yung mga adopted communities namin. Kasi, yung mga adopted communities namin, kadalasan, ito yung farthest, (at) ang dami ditong hindi botante. Ito yung mga kulang ng political awareness, pero nangangailangan ng tulong.”
“Kapag ang iniisip ko na (ay) yung pagkakandidato ko, tapos na itong lahat. Parang mawawala yung Angat Buhay.”
Robredo, the widow of the late Interior Secretary and 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Recipient for Government Service Jesse Robredo, was only a political neophyte when she was asked to be the running mate of former Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.
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