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Vice President Leni Robredo is still hoping to unify the opposition for the 2022 national elections, noting she will decide on her electoral plans by October 8, the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy.
“Kung ang desisyon ko mag-fa-file, kailangang handa na ko by October 8. Pero sa akin kasi dalawang linggo pa. Tinitignan natin kung may pag-asa pang magsama-sama,” Robredo said on Sunday on her weekly radio show.
The vice president said that she will continue to pursue unification with other opposition candidates as long as their communication lines are open. She noted that the opposition would benefit better by unifying and having a smaller number of presidential candidates.
Robredo said that the determining factor in her filing of candidacy is if it would help prevent the return of the Marcoses in power and stop the current kind of governance.
“Parating ang tinatanong ko sa sarili ko, ‘yung pagkakandidato ko ba makakatulong sa pagpigil ng pagbabalik ng mga Marcos. O ‘yung pagkandidato ko ba makakatulong sa pagharang ng pagpapatuloy ng ganitong klaseng gobyerno,” she said.
Robredo has reportedly been in talks with several candidates in the past weeks. Several groups have pushed the vice president to decide on her candidacy.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes also urged Robredo to decide soon, adding that Magdalo is ready to fill in in case she does not run for the chief executive post.
So far, three politicians have announced their bid for the presidency: Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.