Negros Occidental governor: Leni Robredo ‘much more qualified,’ ‘very capable’

BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 6 (PNA) — Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is “much more qualified” compared to other choices for vice president of the Liberal Party (LP).

Marañon, who welcomed Robredo at the Provincial Capitol during her visit to the province Tuesday, said that Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s runningmate is also “very capable.”

“What’s more important is that she is sincere to serve the public, and she has a good track record especially in helping the poor,” said the governor, who also attended the LP gathering in San Juan City Monday, where Robredo was introduced as the party’s candidate for vice president.

“When she was still a lawyer, she didn’t join any big law firms. Instead, she helped those who can’t afford to pay lawyers,” he added.

After Robredo was proclaimed, Marañon said that she will serve as the “light” and the “heart” of the LP campaign being a woman, mother, lawyer, social advocate, and legislator.

For his part, Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, who was visited by Robredo here, said that “the scenario is favorable for her. It can be seen with the sentiments of the people. That is what I have heard. But anything can happen.”

“I just wish her the best in her campaign, as well as for the people of the Philippines to judge for themselves with the grace of the one up there in order for us to have a leader that we deserve,” the bishop added.

Navarra said that he doesn’t have a stand on the coming elections.

“I just hope that the candidates that will come out will be God-fearing and people-oriented as well as environment-friendly because these are the people that we need now,” he added. (PNA)