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Robredo’s options for 2022 still open, even VP reelection likely – spokesman

/ 05:33 PM September 29, 2021
Robredo's options for 2022 still open, even VP reelection likely – spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo. INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo’s options for the 2022 national elections have remained open even including possible reelection as vice president, her spokesperson said Wednesday.

In a short statement, lawyer Barry Gutierrez said Robredo has been pondering over the possibility of her making another vice presidential bid if that is what would bring forth unity in the opposition.

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Gutierrez also said Robredo’s willingness to be fielded as a vice presidential candidate, despite being hailed in the past as a presidential contender, speaks volumes on her commitment to forging a strong coalition.

“She has said before that the idea remains on the table if it is necessary for a true collaboration among the various parties,” he said.

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“Again, it is a testament to her commitment to the talks that she is willing to include this possibility in the discussion,” he added.

Gutierrez’s remarks came after Liberal Party president, Senator Francis Pangilinan, told Senate reporters that a 2022 vice-presidential bid for Robredo was discussed in various meetings.

Days before the official filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 polls, Robredo has not made any public announcement yet regarding her next political plans. The Vice President said in the past that she is mulling a presidential candidacy, running for a local post, or retiring from politics — whichever would be good for the opposition.

She also revealed that her primary considerations before making any decision are to ascertain that her move would help prevent the Marcoses from returning to power and avoid another term of a Duterte-style of governance.

Former senator Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos; and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, have long been rumored to be eyeing the presidency.

READ: Robredo still mulling if 2022 candidacy is best to foil Marcoses’ return to power

READ: Robredo ready for backlash if she drops out of presidential race

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On Tuesday, during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting, Robredo was allowed by party officials to engage in negotiations with other sectors in hopes of creating a broad opposition coalition.

Robredo has been urged to discuss matters with Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, in order to have more chances against candidates who will be fielded by the administration.

READ: LP backs Robredo’s bid to unify opposition for 2022 elections

READ: With PH survival at stake, opposition must unite for its toughest campaign – Colmenares

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