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Robredo will be running as independent presidential candidate, OVP confirms

/ 06:39 PM October 07, 2021
Robredo will be running as independent presidential candidate, OVP confirms

Vice President Leni Robredo will be running as an independent candidate.

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo will be running as an independent candidate for the 2022 presidential elections, according to the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

On Thursday, OVP spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said that Robredo indicated in her certificate of candidacy — which was filed earlier — that she is an independent candidate.

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He did not explain as of posting time.  However, it can be recalled that Robredo is still the chairperson of the Liberal Party (LP), while her closest political allies like Senator Bam Aquino, who would be her campaign manager, and Senator Franklin Drilon, who visited her earlier, are also LP officials.

READ: ‘Buong-buo ang loob ko’: Robredo to run for president in 2022

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READ: Bam Aquino gives up Senate bid to head Robredo’s 2022 campaign 

Aside from the Aquino and Drilon, known LP members like Quezon City 6th District Rep. Kit Belmonte, and LP allies Chel Diokno and Senator Risa Hontiveros were also spotted at the OVP headquarters before and after Robredo’s announcement.

Also, there are rumors that LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan would be Robredo’s running mate in the 2022 national elections.

READ: Kiko Pangilinan chosen by various groups to be Robredo’s vice president 

While the reason behind Robredo’s decision is still unclear, she once sought a broad opposition coalition by talking to other presidential candidates like Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senators Manny Pacquiao and Senator Panfilo Lacson.

However, the talks eventually fell as all of the personalities mentioned above launched their own presidential bids.

READ: Robredo reveals reason for breakdown of unity talks with other candidates 

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