JESSE Robredo is running for mayor for the sixth and last time this May. The reform-minded local chief executive of Naga, Bicolandia’s premier city, is acknowledged as a paragon in local governance. But he surprised everyone when he announced at the last minute that his wife is also running for mayor.
The move, he assured supporters though, was no trapo masterstroke to build a political dynasty, as it is meant only to counter efforts to disqualify him by the camp of the Villafuertes. He also says this will be the last election that he will be involved in.
The disqualification case assails Robredo’s Filipino citizenship â€” a recurring question almost every election. Though previous cases were dismissed, three times by the Commission on Elections, including one by the poll body en banc, Robredo fears that the Comelec would give due course to the petition this time.
In this podcast, the Naga City mayor talks in greater detail about the citizenship cases filed against him, what he thinks are his administration’s legacies, the lessons he learned from his exposure to politics and governance, the worst criticisms he has faced, and his plans once he retires from public life.