Groups ask Leni Robredo to run for VP

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Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is one of the possible candidates LP stalwarts are pushing for as Mar Roxas' running mate.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's been a while since the Liberal Party (LP) said that it's courting Sen. Grace Poe to be LP presidential bet Mar Roxas’ running mate.

However with Poe still undecided, a group led by LP member and former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada launched on Wednesday (August 12) the Leni Robredo for Vice President Movement.

The group is well aware that the LP is still waiting on Poe but it stressed the need to be practical and prepared in case the senator turns down the administration party's offer.

“We respect the process that Senator Poe is undergoing, the discernment that she is going through but from our point of view, we cannot also wait forever,” Tañada told the media.

Tañada said they firmly believe that Robredo should be Roxas' running mate in case Poe rejects LP's offer.

The group commended Robredo for her humility, simplicity and even her reluctance in seeking the vice presidential post — a good reason why she should run, they said.

As for the issue of Robredo's winnability, Tañada said they will have a better gauge of this once other people aspiring for the vice presidency make their intentions clearer.

The group also said it will not have any problem as well if Poe ends up accepting LP's offer. They said they can easily shift their campaign to support Robredo's possible run for senator.

Robredo earlier said she is considering joining the senate race next year.

But for now, according to Tañada, they will focus on informing people about Robredo and help her get a good start for her campaign whether she runs for vice president or senator.

“We all know for a fact that if you run for vice president, you run nationwide. If you run for senator, you run also nationwide. So we can start organizing as early as now,” Tañada said.

Apart from Tañada, movement supporters include former Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio and singer activist Jim Paredes. Bukidnon Rep. Malou Acosta, AMIN Partylist Rep Sitti Hataman and representatives of urban poor groups were also present during the movement's launch.

Robredo was not present at the event, but told reporters she is practical and realistic.

As a public servant for only two years, Robredo admitted her experience is not enough to run for vice president.

Robredo added that she knows for a fact that being a vice president is not an easy task.

"No forever"

Malacañan said it’s still hoping to see a Roxas-Poe tandem next year.

Asked until when the administration party is willing to wait for Poe, Sec. Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson, said: “Just for the record, and I will say this with all the love. Sa totoo lang, walang forever [Realistically, there is no forever].”

Poe, who had said earlier she is taking her time, seems open to working with other parties like the Nationalist People’s Coalition, whose officials met her and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas separately on Tuesday (August 11).