MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said "anything is possible" when asked about a possible 2022 presidential bid but emphasized it was useless, for now, to prepare for an election.
"Lahat naman posible, dahil 'yun nga yung history pinakita na, ako hindi ko naman pinlano kahit ano. Tingin ko yung presidency, ano 'yun, destiny," she told reporters in Naga City.
(Anything is possible. History showed that I didn't plan for anything. I think the Presidency is destiny.)
"Kahit anong paghahanda mo, kung hindi para sa'yo, hindi talaga para sa'yo. Kung after three years na bumuti yung sitwasyon bakit hindi? Pero ngayon useless talaga na paghandaan iyon."
(No matter how much you prepare, if it's not for you, it won't be. If after three years the situation will improve, why not? But right now it is useless to prepare for that.)
Meantime, the Vice President said she will push for laws that would protect Filipino fishermen.
"Mayroon tayong Fisheries Code na ang implementasyon ay hindi maayos. Papano ba natin mapu-protect iyong mga maliliit laban sa malalaki?" she said.
(We have a Fisheries Code that is not properly implemented. How will we protect small fishermen from big ones?)
"Iyong ating exclusive economic zone sabi ng ating Konstitusyon, exclusive enjoyment at saka utilization ng natural resources ay nasa Pilipino pero hindi yon na nangyayari."
(It is stated in our Constitution that our exclusive economic zone is for our exclusive enjoyment and the utilization of natural resources are for the Filipinos but it does not happen.)
This after Malacañang earlier said China could fish in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.
Last week, Robredo was the highest government official to visit Filipino fishermen, who were left at sea after their boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel in Recto (Reed) Bank.
--Report from Rizza Mostar, ABS-CBN News