Leni Robredo on Grace Poe: Jesse never renounced citizenship

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 02 2015 04:21 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2015 09:03 PM

MANILA - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday talked about her chances of running for vice president and how Senator Grace Poe's citizenship issues are different from that of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

In a live interview on Bandila Tuesday evening, Robredo clarified earlier reports likening Poe current citizenship dilemma with that of his late husband's.

"Iba talaga. 'Yung kaso ng asawa ko, parang sinasabi nung accusation, Chinese citizen daw yung asawa ko kasi di s'ya nagpa-naturalize. Kasi iyung tatay niya, ang allegation was a Chinese citizen. Pero na-prove naman iyun na hindi," Robredo explained.

"'Yung kaso yata ni Senator Poe, iba naman. ‘Yung kaso n'ya, parang ang kwestiyon din, at one point in her life, nag-renounce kasi siya ng Filipino citizenship," she added.

Robredo clarified that the late Naga City mayor and interior secretary never renounced his citizenship.

"'Yung asawa ko naman, never in his life na nag-renounce siya ng citizenship. Parang ang kinukuwestiyon dun sa asawa ko, iyung citizenship ng tatay niya. Kasi iyung tatay niya, full-blooded na Chinese, pero born in the Philippines. Kaya ibang-iba talaga ‘yung premise ng question sa citizenship," she clarified.

Robredo, however, said the Liberal Party is still open to the idea of having Poe as Secretary Mar Roxas' running mate in 2016.

"Hindi tayo nawawalan ng pag-asa. Siya pa rin ang preference," she said.

'VICE PRESIDENCY NOT AMONG OPTIONS'

Robredo, meanwhile, downplayed rumors that she is running for the vice presidency.

"Hindi naman s'ya talaga kasama sa mga opsyon. Ang opsyon lang ay kung magre-election ako or susubok ako sa Senado," the lawyer-turned-legislator said.

The congresswoman said there were no official talks about the vice presidency coming from the Liberal Party.

"Hindi napapag-usapan na seryoso. Parang lahat ito pag-uudyok, lahat pagkukubinsi, lahat biro pero walang seryosong inupuan para pag-usapan na maayos," she said.

Robredo explained that the vice president post is a better fit for someone with more in-depth experience in public service.

"Sa palagay ko, 'yung VP, masyado siyang mahalagang posisyon; masyado siyang malaki. Masyado siyang malaki para sa katulad ko na nagsisimula pa lamang. Dalawang taon pa lang naman akong public servant. Parang lahat ng karanasan ko before ako naging congresswoman, by osmosis lang lahat dahil sa asawa ko na matagal na matagal na nanilbihan," said Robredo.

"Palagay ko, yung vice presidency napakalalim at napakabigat na responsibilidad," she added.