But Raises Clamor for VP Leni Robredo to Run for CamSur Governor
I don’t know what to make of former House Majority Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr.’s supporting a call for Vice President Leni Robredo to run in 2022 for Camarines Sur Governor.
“Tuloy po tayo sa pagtakbo bilang Congressman. At meron po tayong mas mataas na tawag. Pero ang pangako ko si Governor Leni, ikakampanya ko siya sa probinsya nang walang gastos at hindi ko siya kasama,” Andaya was quoted saying in a radio interview in DWOS 103.9 BOOM FM Naga.
However, Andaya said that he will leave the decision on Robredo whether she will take the responsibility on serving her fellow Bicolanos or she will take a higher position in office.
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There have been initial talks between Andaya and Robredo wherein it was said that the Vice President will run for governor of Camarines Sur in the May 2022 elections and that will never change.
If it is a political play, it is surely a deft one that will pit her love for her Bicolano kababayans against her ambition to seek the Presidency in 2022. While, at the same time, and this is IF VP Leni goes for it, it may lead to the toppling of the decades old grip of the Villafuertes on Camsur.
Surely, VP Leni whose late husband Naga City Mayor then DILG Secretary Jesse was touted to be the cleanest and most effective local executive, would be a far better governor than the Villafuertes who have lorded over their province’s treasury.
And so, Andaya might be right in supporting calls for her to wrest the reigns of power from the Villafuertes.
Andaya, vows to give his “all out and unconditional support” for VP Leni’s candidacy as Camsur Governor. “May isa akong salita, kapag sinabi ko na, hindi ko na pwedeng bawiin pa,” Andaya said in the same radio interview, but also pleaded not to prolong her final decision on what position she will run for in the 2022 elections.
Andaya also said, perhaps assuming that VP Leni will run for Camsur Governor, that she should distance herself from personalities that tended to cast deep, dark shadows on her image.
He identified them as Judy Cheng-Del Castillo alias De-Cheng who is a contractor, Nonoy Magtutrepor, Bolet Bañal alias Boylet Banyal, Councillor Lavadia alias Labadaba, and Dong Cucio alias Sokyo who is a known election operator.
“Kung ako sa kanila, kung nais nilang protektahan si VP Leni, mag-volunteer na lang silang umalis dahil nakakasira sila sa imahe ni VP Leni,” Andaya said.
“Ayaw kong magkaroon ng masamang imahe si Leni dahil kung palagi kayong nakasiksik sa kanya, nais niyo bang iparating sa publiko na immoral din ang aming magiging gobernador?,” he added.