MANILA – Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni Robredo” denied Wednesday that she has ‘informally accepted’ the offer of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to be his running-mate in the 2016 elections.
“No such informal acceptance. I asked for more time for the family to process everything before coming up with a decision,” she said in a statement.
Robredo issued the statement following House Speaker Sonny Belmonte’s statement that she has already given her consent to the Liberal Party’s offer to be the party’s vice presidential bet despite her absence during the event.
The Speaker said Robredo just wanted to make sure that she has the full support of her political backers and her entire family before accepting the party’s offer.
The LP is expected to formally announce their VP bet and their complete senatorial line up on October 5.
Robredo earlier said she will only run for vice president if she is convinced that no one else can do the job. She pointed out, however, there are others who are also qualified including Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.
De Lima, however, is eyeing a Senate seat while Cayetano has already announced that he will not run with Roxas.
A Pulse Asia survey also showed Robredo placing 10th in a list of potential vice-presidential candidates for the 2016 election.
Earlier, a resolution was passed during the Liberal Party convention empowering their presidential standard bearer to select his running mate and the party’s complete senatorial line-up.
Belmonte also described as “a big lie” allegations made by Vice President Jejomar Binay that the reason political leaders have been transferring to the LP is because of threats, intimidation and the promise of projects.
He said many leaders choose to join the Liberal Party because they can see that it is the strongest, most organized and principled party in the country. — With a report by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News