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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Leni upbeat on poll chances

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate, Rep. Leni Robredo, yesterday said she was very hopeful she and her running mate, Mar Roxas, will catch up with their opponents in the surveys, and win in May.

Robredo, who met with various groups in Bacolod, Silay and Talisay cities yesterday, said she, Roxas and their Liberal Party slate are returning to Negros on February 16 after the campaign period for national bets kicks off Tuesday next week.

Robredo was accompanied in her sorties yesterday by Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela who are supporting her bid for the vice presidency.

Marañon said the reality on the ground is different from the surveys, and he is certain Roxas and Robredo will win in May.

“Negros will go for Mar and Leni, that is a foregone conclusion,” he said.

Robredo said she is very hopeful that she and Roxas will catch up despite still being in third place in the surveys.

Robredo said she is running against vice presidential aspirants who had long prepared for their runs and, as senators, have had far more exposure than her.

She said that when her bid for the vice presidency was announced her rating was at 1 percent and in January after two months it had climbed to 19 percent.

My 19 percent rating in January is much higher than our 15 percent target, she added.

She is working hard going around the country to create public awareness of what she stands for and what she has done. Anything is possible with the elections in May yet, Robredo said.

She said that although historically there is no women's vote in the Philippines, she is hoping to be able to tap into it.

Candidates draw up beautiful platforms of government and announce that they love the poor during elections, she said.

But at the end of day what matters most is the character of the person running for office and one's record in serving the people, she said.

She said she has a long history of working for the poor that will back her statements, and has filed bills in Congress that prove her commitment to good governance.

Robredo said she had been a lawyer who has not worked for personal gain but has dedicated her life in the service of the people.

She is also very hopeful that Roxas will catch up in the race for the presidency. Although he was in third place she said the top three contenders for the presidency were almost statistically tied, she said.

Asked who she thought was the toughest opponent of Roxas, Robredo said the presidency is anybody's game, anything can still happen in three months.

She said Roxas has a long track record of public service, having been a congressman, senator and Cabinet secretary under three presidents and his work has never been marred by corruption.*CPG



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