LP to drop Robredo? Palace downplays rumors

ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday downplayed rumors that the Liberal Party (LP) will drop vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo if her numbers in pre-election surveys do not pick up.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said he is not surprised that Malou Tiquia, who is a volunteer for Robredo but is rooting for opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, is trying to "wormtongue" a different tandem.

Tiquia, founder and general manager of PUBLiCUS Asia Inc., has claimed that she had been informed by two sources about the potential junking of Robredo by the LP if her numbers do not improve.

Robredo continued to trail behind Senators Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the latest vice presidential preference surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

"Is it true that she (Tiquia) was a consultant for VP Binay in his terrible debate performance and that she is rooting for Binay as President and Leni for VP. If so, I am not surprised at her efforts to wormtongue a different tandem considering the debacle of Binay last Sunday," said Lacierda.

"But here are the facts, Mar [Roxas] and Leni have been going out on a tandem campaign and both have been reinforcing Daang Matuwid and each other in their speeches. So, why listen to her when all you need to watch and listen are Mar and Leni on the campaign trail, di ba?" Lacierda added.

- Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News