VP Robredo says 'no ambition' to run for presidency in 2022

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 10 2018 06:03 PM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said she has no ambition to run for president in 2022.

In a speech in Mandaluyong, she reiterated her belief that positions like the presidency are thrust on those given them. 

"Wala naman akong ambisyon na after 2022, kakandidato akong pangulo. Wala naman ganoon. Para sa akin destiny lahat. Para sa akin, pag iyon ang nakatakda sa iyo, iyon ang mangyayari. Hindi mo dapat inaambisyon yan. At para sa akin, hindi naman ako nag ambisyon maging pangalawang pangulo," she said. 

(I have no ambition that after 2022 I would run for president. There is no such thing. For me, it's all destiny. For me, if it's set for you, it would happen. You should not hold ambitions for it. And for me, I did not even hold ambitions of becoming vice president. )

Robredo, meanwhile, said there was a "greater purpose" to her becoming an elected official despite having no ambition to become president or even vice president. 

She said this belief was her means of coping with what she termed as "so much hate and so much vilification" that she has received since becoming vice president in 2016. 

"Maraming taong akala masama kang tao dahil sa nababasa nila. Is that something that I will allow na i-weigh down ang sarili? Hindi. Kasi hindi naman ako pumasok dito dahil sa ambisyon. Pumasok ako dito for a specific purpose," she said. 

(Many people think you are a bad person because of what they read. Is that something that I would allow myself to be weighed down with? No. Since I did not enter this because of ambition. I came here for a specific purpose.)

That purpose, she said, was serving the public. 

"Mayroong greater purpose lahat. Maraming galit sa 'yo, maraming sinisiraan ka, pero yung posisyon mo pwedeng gamitin para makatulong," she said. 

(There is a greater purpose to all this. Many may be angry at you, many may speak against you, but you can use your position to help.)

Robredo's vice presidential win has been contested at the Supreme Court by defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos and is still pending a decision by the high court. 

She said she was initially hesitant to run for public office after the death of her husband, late interior secretary Jesse Robredo, but was convinced after she was told that this would ensure the continuity of her husband's advocacies and legacy. 

But Robredo said that if she could turn back time, she would have stayed with the alternative lawyers' group Saligan (Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Pang Legal), where she worked for more than 10 years helping communities on legal matters. 

Rumors against Robredo such as an alleged pregnancy and an alleged love affair with a political party mate have circulated in social media in the past, particularly from bloggers supporting President Rodrigo Duterte.