How Leni Robredo wants to be remembered as a VP

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2017 05:14 PM

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo visits Brgy. Poblacion, San Francisco, Surigao on Friday to inspect affected areas of the earthquake. Cha Villegas, OVP/Handout, NPPA

MANILA - The odds may not be in her favor at the moment, but Vice President Leni Robredo says she wants to do her best nonetheless, and this is how she wants to be remembered.

"If this is an ideal situation, I want to be remembered as the vice president who was a very good partner of the president in steering this administration to progress," she said in an interview with ANC's "Headstart."

"But the circumstances are not present. Yung sa akin na lang, I want to be remembered as someone who did the best she could given a very difficult situation," she said.

After winning the May 2016 elections by a hairline over former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Robredo rose to the second highest national post. 

President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he was not inclined to give her any Cabinet post, but changed his mind after meeting her in Malacanang. 

She was eventually assigned to chair the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, but she resigned from the position in December after being disinvited from further Cabinet meetings.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. confirmed that Duterte's order to Robredo was due to their “irreconcilable differences.”

She was advised by some people to not be public with her opposition to some of President Duterte's policies, but spoke up nevertheless. 

"I’m not like that. I can’t keep quiet about things I feel so strongly about," she said.

Robredo, however, firmly said no to seeking the presidency.

"No. You know naman the circumstances why I’m here now. It wasn’t as if I dreamed of this. It wasn’t as if this was something I wanted to do," she said.

The mother of three said she is already looking forward to the end of her term as vice president and returning to private life.

"When I was still in Congress, I was so looking forward to ending my three years in Congress, and ngayon, yun pa rin ang nilu-look forward ko, the end of six years," she said.

"Binibilang ko nga ano na bang edad ko pagkatapos ng six years? Pwede ko pa bang balikan yung iniwanan kong private life? I think I still can," she added.