Leni Robredo for VP Movement launched

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2015 05:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2015 07:36 AM

MANILA - Several civil society groups and various personalities led by the Kaya Natin Movement on Wednesday launched the Leni Robredo for Vice President Movement at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.

Their aim is to convince Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, to run for vice president in next year's elections.

According to former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, in case Senator Grace Poe decides not to run for vice president, Robredo is a very good alternative because she has the qualities of a good leader.

Aside from being competent and honest, she is also intelligent and has heart for the poor, Tañada said. (READ: LOOK: Leni Robredo avoids limelight, skips SONA 'fashion show')

For his part, activist Jim Paredes described Robredo as humble, a good role model and a servant leader who cares for the people.

Paredes also believes Robredo will continue the "tsinelas" brand of leadership of her late husband Jesse.

Despite earlier pronouncements by Robredo that she is not yet prepared to run for vice president, the movement believes that if there is a swell of support from the people, the congresswoman will change her mind.

Among those who attended the launch were former Pampanga Governor Eduardo Panlilio, Anak Mindanao Rep. Sitti Hataman, singer Noel Cabangon, and around a hundred volunteers.