Robredo to be new LP leader, says PNoy

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2016 07:43 PM

Vice President-elect Leni Robredo. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Vice President-elect Leni Robredo is poised to be the Liberal Party's (LP) top leader under the next administration.

Robredo will be the party's highest ranked member in government.

"She is aware that she will take one of the most senior positions and the chairman is the highest position but yung day-to-day activities are handled by the party president. So that will be decided by the party as a whole," President Benigno Aquino III told reporters Friday.

"But I'm sure she's aware that she will be getting one of the two most senior positions. And of course, we have to ask her preferences for this. We recognize the value of each individual within the party. We don't force anybody to do it," he said.

The President added that the LP will get reorganized soon and he will have a senior status in the company.

"Traditionally after elections, the LP has a change of leadership. And normally it gravitates to the high, the most senior public official we have. So I would not want to admit it, pero I will be classified siguro as an elder of the party," said Aquino.

"I'd like to stress lang, I'm the youngest of the elders of the party. Pero yun nga, we still believe that we have that conversion of Philippine politics from one of personality to platform-based will undoubtedly help the country and we'd like to contribute towards that.

"I don't know what my role will be in the party but I'm sure they will want to say I'm one of the elders. And of course, we have various members of the party or are still active members of the party occupying different positions in government and we'd like to continue what has been done in the past six years and even parang the advocacies that we had before we entered as an administration," Aquino added.