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Coconut Palace ‘too ostentatious’ for Leni

Leni wants to be ‘one with the people’, won’t stay in Coconut Palace if elected VP
/ 10:55 AM April 08, 2016
Camarines Sur representative and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Screengrab from video

Camarines Sur representative and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Screengrab from video

The Coconut Palace will remain unoccupied if ever Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo wins in the national elections in May.

Calling the official residence of the Vice President of the Philippines as “too ostentatious,” Robredo vowed not to live in the Coconut Palace if she would be elected to the second highest post in the land.


“I think we will be sending the wrong signal to the people if I tell them that I want to be an inspirational guide tapos naka-opisina ako sa magandang lugar (but I’m working in an extravagant-looking place). Parang napakaironic no’n (That would seem very ironic),” Robredo said during the’s INQ & A on Facebook on Thursday.

The running mate of LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas said she doesn’t want the government to spend too much for the residence of the VP, adding that she is used to having a modest office as Camarines Sur representative.


“It’s not like I’m always entertaining people. If I have visitors, I can always use the Malacañang Palace to entertain them,” she said.

READ: I can’t imagine living like a ‘big-time politician,’ says Robredo

If given a chance to be VP, Robredo said she would rather hold office in the provinces, not for politics but to make her constituents feel the presence of the government.

“Gusto ko kapag sinabi kong (If I say that) I want to be one with the people, pati yung symbolisms nandoon (the symbolisms must be there, too),” she added.

Robredo, who has been advocating for inclusive growth through the government’s firm connection with the grassroots, said she would instead use her power as VP to go around provinces and push for their development.

No presidential bid after VP term

She also reiterated that she would not use the vice presidential post for political mileage as she would not aspire for presidency after her term.


This was an apparent jab at Vice President Jejomar Binay whom the administration candidates are accusing of taking advantage of his position to bolster his presidential campaign.

“‘Yung sa akin kasi nireremind ko sarili ko sabihin natin VP ako, kapag nagambisyon ako na maging pangulo, parang ‘yon na motivation ko– ‘yung susunod na eleksyon in the next six years,” she said.

(For my part, I’m reminding myself that if, let’s say, I’m the VP and I aspire to become president, then that would be my motivation–the next election in the next six years.)

She stressed that it is impossible for any vice president not to be tempted to desire for a higher post.

“Mahirap ‘yung niloloko mo ‘yung sarili mo na kaya mong pagsabayin… So mas mabuti pang hindi magambisyon parang yung pagkandidato mo sinasabi mo sa sarili mo na pag pinalad ka hanggang dito ka na lang,” she explained.

(It’s hard to deceive yourself that you can do both at once…So, it would be better not to aspire [for the higher post], it would be akin to telling yourself that you are already fortunate and that you have this is as far as you can go.)

Although placing third in latest vice presidential preference polls, Robredo is catching up on rivals Senators Francis Escudero and Bongbong Marcos, separated by a gap of not more than 4 percentage points.

Robredo’s numbers drastically improved from the day she declared her vice presidential bid when she started with 1 percent. CDG

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