VP Leni Robredo
By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – A day after Vice President Leni Robredo said in a television interview that she is willing to support Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for president and Senator Manny Pacquiao for vice president in 2022, suddenly denied making any endorsement and she still remains open to seeking the presidency.
“Nililinaw ko lang, wala pang desisyon at wala akong inendorso. Nananatili akong bukas sa pagtakbo kung iyon ang ikabubuti ng ating bayan (I want to clarify that I am yet to decide on 2022 elections and I am yet to endorse anybody),” Robredo said in a statement.
It cannot be ascertained, however, if the statement supposedly from Robredo was really her stand or that of her public relations (PR) writer.
“Yes, if that will be the result of the discussions of the broadest coalition that we can form. Bukas ako sa kahit anong (I am open to anything that) will stop this kind of governance already,” Robredo was quoted as saying in a television interview when asked if is she is willing to support an Isko-Pacquiao tandem.
“The question is, who among us has the ability to form the broadest coalition. ‘Yung unity sa 2022 is crucial to moving forward. Di kaya na like-minded lang na mga tao ang nag-uusap (Unity is very crucial here, we cannot afford to limit ourselves to talking to like-minded individuals),” she added.
In her Tuesday statement, Robredo said she was just stressing the need to replace the current administration by electing different leaders in May 2022.
“Malinaw ang layunin ng lahat ng naniniwala sa makatao at maayos na pamamahala: ang palitan ang kasalukuyang kalakaran (The goal is clear for those who believe in humane and good governance: to replace the existing system),” the statement supposedly from Robredo said.
Her followers claimed that at least 200 groups from the ranks of urban poor, teachers, labor leaders, LGBT, among others, have called on Robredo to run for president in 2022.
Earlier reports said that Robredo was also keeping her option open to run for governor of Camarines Sur. (ai/mtvn)