Vice President Leni Robredo
By Junex Doronio
September 27, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Apparently getting impatient with the seeming indecisiveness of Vice President Leni Robredo, former senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV has threatened to run for president in the 2022 elections if she does not declare her own bid by noon of October 8, the last day of filing of candidacies.
Trillanes, who only got 1 percent in the OCTA Research, in its Tugon ng Masa National Survey on preferred presidential bets from July 12 to 18, had sternly warned Robredo and the Liberal Party (LP) that no support will be expected from the Magdalo group if Robredo gives way to Senator Panfilo Lacson in the 2022 presidential race.
“Tuloy ang pag tulak natin kay VP Leni to run for President. Kung tumuloy siya, ipanalo natin siya (Our push for VP Leni to run for President continues. If she pushes through, let us make her win), the former coup plotter said on Twitter on Sunday, September 26.
Trillanes served as spokesman of the Magdalo rebel soldiers group that launched the shortest and failed military uprising dubbed as the Oakwood Mutiny on July 27, 2003.
The Magdalo rebel soldiers composed of only 321 armed defectors forcibly occupied the Oakwood Premier serviced apartments (now defunct and been turned over to Ascott Makati) in Glorietta, Makati City.
“Pero kung di pa rin siya makapagdesisyon by 12nn of Oct 8, tuloy na po ako ng pagka presidente. Di po natin hahayaang matalo ang TUNAY na OPOSISYON ng di man lang lumaban (But if she does not decide by 12 nn of Oct. 8, I will push through for the presidency. We will not let the true opposition lose without a fight),” Trillanes stressed.
The government-controlled Philippine News Agency (PNA) earlier reported that the OCTA Research, in its Tugon ng Masa National Survey from July 12 to 18, found that 28 percent of adult, 1,200 adult Filipinos have expressed support to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s potential presidential bid in 2022.
The presidential daughter was followed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (13 percent), Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (11 percent), and Senators Grace Poe and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (10 percent each).
Other preferred presidential candidates for next year’s national elections include Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni Robredo and Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (5 percent each), Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (4 percent), Senate President Vicente Sotto III (3 percent), Senator Panfilo Lacson and former vice president Jejomar Binay (2 percent each). (ai/mtvn)