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Continue building a united slate, Colmenares urges opposition presidentiables

/ 04:36 PM September 24, 2021
Continue building a united slate, Colmenares tells opposition presidentiables

Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Former congressman and senatoriable Neri Colmenares on Friday urged the opposition presidential candidates to work hard on uniting the opposition slate.

READ: Colmenares to try luck in Senate for third time in 2022

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Colmenares noted that even though President Rodrigo Duterte’s camp “appears to be breaking up into pieces,” it is still possible that there can be a Marcos-Duterte or a Sara Duterte-Marcos tandem.

“I am making a personal appeal to my former colleagues in Congress, Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Manny Pacquiao, as well as my party mate during the 2016 elections, Mayor Isko Moreno, to continue the efforts at a united opposition slate for the 2022 elections,” Colmenares said in a statement.

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“A united opposition will be key to ending Duterte’s reign of tyranny, incompetence and corruption,” he added.

Despite talking to Pacquiao, Moreno, and other politicians about forming an alliance, Robredo has yet to come up with a concrete plan.

READ: Robredo still hopeful about forming unity ticket before October 8 deadline

In contrast to Pacquiao and Moreno, which have declared their presidential candidacies, Robredo is still weighing her options.

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“The opportunity to unite the opposition will still be there even after you have filed your certificates of candidacy this October,” Colmenares said. “We are not giving up.”

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