Leni Robredo’s vice presidential bid

Rep. Leni Robredo

Rep. Leni Robredo

I am sure that more and more Filipinos here and abroad who want to see the Philippines grow and develop as a respectable nation are thankful that Rep. Leni Robredo finally accepted to run as Mar Roxas’ vice presidential candidate.

If this was not Divine intervention, I don’t know what else made her do it.

It was simply a blessing in disguise that Sen. Grace Poe rejected President Aquino’s and Roxas’ offer to run in tandem with the latter, believing in herself that her popularity and her worthiness surpassed that of Roxas and all other presidential pretenders to lead the country in 2016.

Besides Poe was already thinking that her prospective vice presidential candidate, Sen. Francis Escudero, was beloved by the Filipinos and a sure winner who could further bring her numbers up on election-day.

How wrong could Poe be in both of her assumptions!

It was Poe’s presumptuousness and ambition that drove her to seek the presidency and avenge the loss of her adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., who was unsuccessful in his presidential bid after claims of being cheated by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the controversial ‘Hello Garci’ tape.

Even if Poe knew of her inadequacy to be president, because of her lack of managerial experience and skills, still she pursued to the hilt her ambition thinking that by invoking the name of her father during rallies and having Escudero beside her as her mentor, it would win her the presidency.

Robredo, on the other hand, despite her commendable background and competence, not to mentioned that she was married to a politician whose ideals in serving the people and country are epitomes of a servant leader, took a long time to decide to run for vice president until finally discerning that it was what her late husband, Jesse Robredo, wanted her to do.

Leni simply oozes with sincerity, goodness, confidence and competence in her looks and character that her presence bodes well for the future of the country.

Leni’s entry to the vice presidential race gives hope to each and every Filipino because, like President Aquino and Roxas, she too is a strong believer in the ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) program of governance. This advocacy may not be perfect, but in essence it is what the country needs and if continued by the likes of Roxas and Robredo in the next twelve years we can all be hopeful that the Philippines will develop to become a better country with improved quality of life for all Filipinos.

Given the many vice presidential aspirants in the 2016 election running either with a party or alone, the importance of Leni’s bid for the same position cannot be overemphasized.

Those that are not supportive of the ‘tuwid na daan’ advocacy will try to ridicule it, and if it succeeds this country will not move forward, but rather stagnate.

But most of all what makes Leni Robredo’s entry in the vice presidential race significant is stopping the likes of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from winning the vice presidency, or this country will really be back in dire straits. For one who is trying to resurrect the memories of his despot father and inculcating them in the minds of the younger generation that, as a Marcos, he could do the same for that style of leadership is what is best needed for this country, he has to be stopped in his track and make him realize that he can no longer fool the Filipinos and that he is just full of crap.

This country could not afford to have another Marcos at the helm of government, not even as a vice president, especially if the avaricious Marcos matriarch, Imelda, is still very much around.

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