Leni Robredo mulling Senate bid

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2015 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2015 12:11 AM

MANILA -- Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonora ''Leni'' Gerona Robredo, widow of the later Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, is cold to the possibility of running for vice-president under the Liberal Party.

Robredo believes it's too early for her to run for such a post. She is instead considering a possible run for the Senate.

"Parang kung ako tatanungin, too much too soon for me…Hindi ko masasabing handa na ako sa ganyan. Kauumpisa ko pa lang. Ang dami ko pang inaaral,'' she said.

"If you will ask me, di siya option sakin.''

Robredo added she's prepared to say no to her party mates if they ask her to run for vice president.

''Parang totally out of this world para sa akin,'' she said.

Robredo, meanwhile, hopes the coalition will remain united, amid reports that President Aquino failed to convince his ally Senator Grace Poe to be the running mate of presumptive LP standard bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

She added she was not aware of talks that she will run as Roxas' vice-president.

''Ako actually hindi ko alam saan nag-umpisa iyan. Ang nalaman ko lang a few days ago, last week, si Senator Serge Osmeña sinabi yata na pwedeng posible kami ni Batangas Governor Vilma Santos. I think it was just a reaction sa usap-saupan na baka mag-fail ang talks between Sec. Mar and Sen. Grace Poe,'' she said.

Robredo said running for re-election is her primary option, followed by a possible Senate bid. She said she might also opt to leave politics.

Robredo said the party so far has only discussed its senatorial slate. She said who will take over her district is of primordial importance to her.

''Iyung last na usapan sa partido, I was being asked if I was open to a Senate run. Iyun yung dilemma ko ngayon. I'm actually considering a Senate run and in-explain ko sa kanila kung ano yung pumipigil sa akin, which is gusto ko kasi handa distrito ko.

''Iyung sa akin hindi kailangan ako magtapos ng trabaho, at kung aalis man ako may susunod sa akin na sigruado akong maayos, matino, mahusay at ipagpapatuloy ang mga inumpisahan ko. Kung walang ganun, ako na lang ulit."

ROBREDO SKIPS SONA RED CARPET

Robredo was caught on social media skipping the red carpet in the last State of the Nation Address, entering the session hall through the rear entrance from her office.

"Taon-taon ko ginagawa iyan. Every SONA, ako siguro pinakamaagang dumadating, iniwasan ko. Hindi lang ako kumportable,'' she said.

Robredo also expressed happiness that her pet measure, the Freedom of Information bill, was included in the President's budget message for 2016.

"Ako masaya ako. The mere fact that it was included in the budget call, it is something very important for this administration, baka ito kailangang i-push para ipasa. Kapag ginusto, kaya," she said.