VP Robredo says presidential run in 2022 'possible' but prefers local post

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Vice President Leni Robredo said she is open to running for president in next year's polls, but admits she prefers going for a local government position instead. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is open to running for president in next year's polls, but admits she prefers going for a local government position instead.

"Mas masaya ako sa lokal dahil sa akin, iyong happiness ko sa paninilbihan nakukuha ko sa direct contact sa karaniwang tao, sa mga ordinary people," she said in an interview with GMA News on Saturday. "So kung ako...very, very honestly—kung ako may choice, mas gusto ko ng lokal."

[Translation: I am happier in the local (position) because I find happiness serving through direct contact with ordinary people. So for me, very very honestly, if I had the choice, I would want to go for local (government).]

Robredo previously served as congresswoman in Camarines Sur before winning the vice presidency in 2016.

However, she clarified that a presidential run is not off the table.

"Pero ako having said that na mas priority ko iyong lokal, alam kong may obligasyon ako sa national," said Robredo. "And iyong pagpe-presidente, possible pa rin siya."

[Translation: But having said that my priority is local, I know my obligation is with the national (government). And about becoming president, it is still possible.]

The only hurdle that stands in her way is lack of adequate resources, she bared.

"Iyong sinasabi ko lang, siguro kung sufficient iyong resources ko, mas madaling mag-decide for me. Pero hindi, eh," said the vice president.

[Translation: What I am saying is, maybe if my resources were sufficient, it would be easier for me to decide, but that is not the case.]

On when she plans to make a decision, Robredo said she might cut it close to the deadline and make her announcement in September, just a month before the Oct. 1 to 18 schedule for filing of candidacies.

Robredo in the past had not directly addressed whether she was eyeing the presidency or not since she maintained that her current priority is dealing with the pandemic. But recently, she rebutted President Rodrigo Duterte who claimed she is not fit to be his successor. Robredo maintained that only the public can judge if she is qualified to be the country's top leader.