By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Just like a suspense action movie, a surprising twist may yet occur in
the Philippine political landscape as loud whispers alleged that Vice President Leni Robredo has supposedly agreed to be the running mate of Senator Manny Pacquiao who was endorsed late Sunday by the Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives (Promdi).
This was revealed by some political operators as they foresee a Pacquiao-Robredo tandem getting ready to “rumble” with a looming Sara Duterte-Bongbong Marcos “political marriage” or tandem in the 2022 national and local elections.
Pacquiao took his oath Sunday night, September 26, as the newest member and “honorary chairperson” of Promdi, which was renamed as Abag-Promdi, during a kickoff in a hotel in North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.
Promdi was founded by the late Cebu Gov. Emilio Mario Renner Osmeña Jr., better known as Lito Osmeña, grandson of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña.
In 1998, he ran for President and was the standard-bearer of Promdi but lost to Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
Prior to the founding of Promdi, Lito Osmeña ran for the position of Vice President and was the running-mate of Fidel V. Ramos in the 1992 election, but lost to Estrada for the first time.
“What we need is a new type of leader who understands his people, follows his heart, (a) champion who will fight for what is right,” Lito’s son Abag-Promdi president Mimo Osmeña in his introductory speech said.
Accepting Abag-Promdi’s nomination, Pacquiao reiterated his promises to fight for the downtrodden and underprivileged, illustrating his rags-to-riches story as an example.
“I was nominated by PDP Laban, tinanggap ko yun. I was nominated by Promdi, tinatanggap ko rin. Tumatakbo ako para maging Presidente ng Pilipinas, para sa bayan. Kailangan ko magkaroon ng alyansa sa mga partido na kapareho ko ang pananaw para maisulong ang kapakanan ng bayan,” a statement from Abag-Promdi also quoted Pacquiao as saying.
Political observers noted that the Osmeña political clan in Cebu has been staunch Liberal Party (LP) leaders which is also the political party of Robredo who earlier hinted to give way to a “more winnable” bet of the united opposition. (ai/mtvn)