THREAD: Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Rotary Club of Manila membership meeting | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario On foreign policy, Robredo says Philippines will collaborate with China in areas with no conflict. But when it comes to West Philippine Sea, we can’t deal w/o recognition of arbitral ruling. | @anjocalimario
Robredo points out it will always be beneficial for Philippines to have an inclusive and independent foreign policy. | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario Moderator makes it clear Robredo didn’t receive questions in advance. One of the members praised her for “super good” answers. | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario On running as independent, Robredo reiterates it’s a symbolic way of showing openness to those who want to join their cause. | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario How will she run her campaign and reach out to more people? Robredo emphasizes need for a truth-telling kind of campaign to break propaganda and fake news. | @anjocalimario
Robredo says agriculture will be one of her top priorities, if elected.

“It’s one of the reasons why Senator Pangilingan was chosen to be my running mate, because agriculture and food security have been his paramount advocacies.” | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario Robredo explains the goal is to make sure the health crisis doesn’t turn into a food crisis, so "there’s a need to invest heavily in the agri sector." | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario Robredo says she's been at the receiving end of a lot of disinformation, fake news.

"If I will describe the last five years, para akong na-hazing with (election) protest before Supreme Court, being booted out of 2 govt positions." | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario Robredo: Decisiveness does not have anything to do with gender. For me, an efficient government is a government that gets the job done. That's exactly what we have shown at the OVP. | @anjocalimario
Robredo on leadership: Being a strong, decisive leader means nurturing and empowering others to become the best version of themselves; thrives quietly yet decisively amidst adversity. | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario On the possibility of declaring martial law amid pandemic, poverty, corruption, Robredo says if there’s really any need to declare anything – it’s health and education crisis. | @anjocalimario
@anjocalimario Robredo: There’s no need for martial law to reign because we have laws that we can use to help get us through this crisis, if only govt was more efficient, more accountable. | @anjocalimario
Robredo reveals they have already finalized their Senate slate.

"It will be composed of representatives from many different parties. At most, only 3 from Liberal Party." | @anjocalimario
Her first 100 days in office? Robredo says first order of business is to control the pandemic to fully open the economy, realign budget to COVID response, build more health facilities.

"We will empower our healthcare system and take care of our frontliners." | @anjocalimario
Her next priority is good governance. Robredo says focus will be on strengthening institutions, cleaning bureaucracy, setting platforms to ensure good governance is in place. | @anjocalimario

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