Updated 15:56 PM PHT Sat, April 16, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – With just weeks away from “decision day,” Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she is excited to be the country’s next vice president.
Not for her, she clarified, but for Filipinos who want to see real and sustainable change.
Robredo shared this feeling to the members of the Rotary International, as the only vice presidential candidate who showed up in the forum.
"Last minute two of our guests sent word that they couldn’t make it for some reason. They were not prepared. They’re tired from the hectic schedule of their political campaigns. And so the last man standing is actually a woman," said Conrado Banal, forum moderator.
Robredo narrated her life story — from being a college student to becoming a wife of late Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo — and to devoting herself to public service.
Asked how she differentiates herself from other vice presidential hopefuls, Robredo said she is the only woman and she is the only one who is carrying with her reform agenda.
She added that she is the only one who does not have a presidential ambition.
"It’s very important, in the sense that when the vice president has presidential ambitions he will not be able to maximize the opportunities of the office anymore," Robredo said.
What if she will be paired with a president who is from another party?
At first, Robredo said she will be "maximized" more if her president — Manuel "Mar" Roxas II — will win.
But she added that she will have the same commitment whoever will win.
If she wins, Robredo said her brand of leadership will be inclusive and participatory.
"I was telling my all my volunteers who have been giving so much time and effort in this campaign without expecting anything in return. We will win this fight," Robredo said.