“Karapatan naman niya ‘yon (It’s his right).”
This was Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo’s response to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s decision to withdraw his presidential bid in the May 2022 elections.
“Karapatan niya naman ‘yon, karapatan niyang magdesisyon kung ayaw na niyang ituloy ang kanyang candidacy (It’s his right. It’s his right to decide if he no longer wants to continue his candidacy),” Robredo said in an interview during her visit to Masbate Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Similar to her previous statements on past questions regarding her fellow candidates in next year’s polls, the Vice President simply shrugged off the query about Go, saying she’s focusing on her own bid.
“Ako, kami, kasi ang lakad namin hindi naman relative to other candidates eh. Yung lakad namin tuloy tuloy lang kami. Hindi naman kami apektado ng mga nagsa-substitute, umaalis. Sa amin klaro sa amin ano dapat naming gawin (For us, our activities are not relative to other candidates. We just carry on with our activities. We are not affected by the substitutions, withdrawals. The things we need to do are clear for us),” Robredo said.
Go announced his withdrawal from the presidential race on Tuesday, Nov. 30, saying, “I realized that my heart and my mind are contradicting my action.”
Meanwhile, Robredo welcomed the results of a recent presidentiable survey wherein she placed second.
“Sobrang nagse-celebrate na nga kami na pangalawa na ako kasi alam mo naman na yung naunang surveys ay nasa panghuli ako at napakalaking jump yung past six weeks sa aming ranking sa presidentiables (We are already celebrating that we placed second because, you know, we are at the bottom in earlier surveys and this is already a big jump in our ranking among presidentiables in the past six weeks),” the aspiring president said.