What convinced Leni Robredo to run for VP

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 05 2015 11:06 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2016 12:02 PM

MANILA - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Monday said she almost turned down President Benigno Aquino's offer for her to run for vice president for the final time.

Robredo told ANC "Talkback with Tina Palma" that she wished her husband Jesse would have spoken to her in her dreams, to guide her in deciding whether to accept the offer to run as former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas' vice president.

The former Naga City mayor, who died in a plane crash, made his presence felt, according to Robredo.

"I would have wished na nagpakita siya sa akin. I would have wished na nagpakita siya sa akin in my dreams. Pero ang pinaka-manifestation ng asawa ko, butterfly. Parating iyun iyung manifestation niya sa amin," Robredo said.

"One time, I was in Naga, 'yung butterfly na lagi sa amin nagpapakita, nagpakita ulit while the children were having dinner," she narrated.

"D'un naman sa amin, I was attending an occasion, hindi naman namin napansin yung butterfly. But when a picture of me came out, meron akong butterfly na nasa likod ko," the Camarines Sur legislator continued.

Robredo said she prayed for guidance and clarity, and these prayers were soon heard.

"I prayed for guidance. I prayed for clarity. I prayed for peace of mind and heart. Siguro, second week after the offer was made, I felt in my heart it was something I needed to do," she said.

CHILDREN'S REACTION

Robredo's daughters earlier said that they were not in favor of their mother's running for the vice presidency.

Robredo admitted that running for vice president was not in her plans. She was considering running for re-election or gunning for a Senate seat.

"I told the children, 'Alam niyo, 'yung pakiramdam ko ngayon, parang this is something I needed to do.' Umiyak 'yung mga anak ko. Ayaw nila. Ayaw talaga nila," said Robredo.

After several days of discussions, the Robredo children relented.

Robredo confirmed that President Aquino talked to the younger Robredos to hear their side and explain why the congresswoman was the party’s choice for the vice presidency.

"Kinausap kami ng ating Pangulo, kasama yung mga anak ko. Nagpasalamat naman ako when the President talked to us kasi while he explained to my children why I was their choice, he allowed my children to say their peace. Nagkaroon 'yung mga anak ko ng pagkakataon na sabihin kung bakit ayaw nila," Robredo narrated.

NUMBERS DISHEARTENING

Robredo said she was disheartened the results of recent surveys conducted by various research institutions.

"With my numbers in the surveys, parang suicide. Kasi ang baba," Robredo boldly admitted.

In almost all surveys, Robredo remained in the bottom of lists of possible aspirants for the vice presidency.

"In the last surveys, parang 3% lang ako," Robredo said, referring to a recent Pulse Asia survey

"Against other vice presidential candidates, 'pag titingnan mo yung numbers, parang walang pag-asang manalo, parang it will really be an uphill climb. Ang problema, wala rin kami resources," Robredo added.

Despite survey ratings and her daughter's initial objections, Robredo formally accepted the Liberal Party's offer to run as vice president.

"Buong puso, buong pananampalataya at buong tapat kong tinatanggap ang hamon na tumakbo bilang pangalawang pangulo ni Mar Roxas," she said in her acceptance speech at Club Filipino on Monday morning.