ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 May) – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has declared that he is not running for senator in the 2013 mid-term elections.
Robredo made the declaration in a press conference here Monday afternoon when asked if his trips to the provinces are already part of the preparation for his candidacy for senator.
Robredo, along with Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, are reportedly being groomed by the Liberal Party (LP) to run for senators in the 2013 mid-term elections.
Robredo said his provincial sorties are part of his official function to personally see and monitor the proper implementation of government projects as the chief of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Robredo has served as the mayor of Naga in the Bicol Region before President Benigno Simeon Aquino III appointed him to the DILG top post.
He made a stopover here and met with government officials, including top police officials, after he visited Monday the nearby province of Basilan.
Robredo led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of two police stations in Basilan.
One of the police stations will be constructed in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, and the other one in the municipality of Al-Barka.
Top police and other government officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) joined Robredo during the groundbreaking ceremonies. (MindaNews)