February 9, 2023

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Leni Robredo running for president again? “I hate to say, ‘I don’t run anymore’

Leni Robredo answers the question if she would run for the presidency again

Former Vice President Atty Leni Robredo answers a question about running for President of the Philippines again.

Robredo, the leader of Angat Buhay, responded to the question of whether or not she would run again in an interview with Ambassador Frank Wisner of the Asia Society Policy Institute Council. She said she hasn’t ruled out running for the nation’s top job again in the upcoming election.

She also spoke throughout the conversation about Angat Pinas, the future of democracy and the fight against misinformation. Robredo’s ambitions, including whether or not she will run in the following presidential election, have also been questioned by Wisner.

“Madam Vice-President, I think the entire audience tonight admires your candor, your willingness to describe what is clearly a very difficult time and your determination to stand by the responsibilities of the office to which you have been elected, which leads me to Asking you to think a little about your own future, do you want to continue fighting for the highest office?” asked Wisner.

“I hate to say ‘I don’t run anymore’ because I’ve said that so many times and eaten my words,” Robredo replied, making the audience laugh.

Robredo recalled the time she refused to run for office despite pressure from others. But in an unexpected turn of events, she decided to run for the House of Representatives after the death of her husband.

“After the plane crash happened, a lot of people pushed me to run, and then I said again, ‘Over My Dead Body.’ But on the last day of filing the candidacy certificates, I ran to be a candidate for the House of Representatives,” Robredo shared.

She went on to say that she was not her party’s vice presidential nominee for the 2016 election. Although the chances of winning were slim, she still took risks as Robredo said she was left with no other options.

“When I was a member of the House of Representatives, I wasn’t the first choice to run for vice president, but then the first choice decided to run for another position and I was the only choice left, and myself if I said, “I wouldn’t run for vice president that often. I ran,” Robredo said.

Robredo had the same experience when she hesitated to run for president this May. As a result, Robredo’s experience has taught her to always heed the call of duty, she explained in the interview.

“You know, if there’s one lesson I’ve learned from my years as a public servant, it’s that when there’s a call to serve, no matter how difficult, you answer the call. Because not everyone has the privilege of being able to make a difference, and that has happened to me many times, and despite the difficulties, I have no regrets,” said Robredo.

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