Leni rejects call to postpone 2022 elections

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday rejected the call to postpone the 2022 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice President Leni Robredo

“Kung kaya buksan iyong Manila Bay (white sand beach), bubuksan din iyong Boracay, bubuksan iyong ibang tourism sites, walang dahilan para i-postpone (If they can open Manila Bay to the public, as well as Boracay and other tourism sites, there is no reason to postpone it),” she said.

Pampanga Rep. Mikey M. Arroyo, son of former President and House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo, asked the poll body last week to consider postponing the 2022 elections as people are scared to vote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robredo said the poll body has assured that the elections won’t be cancelled.

“Nagsalita na iyong Comelec dito na hindi ipo-postpone kasi ‘yung pinaghahandaan nila ngayon ‘yung scenario na in 2022 may COVID (The Comelec has assured that it will not be postponed because they are preparing now for the scenario there is still COVID in 2022),” she said.

The Vice President stressed if other countries are pushing through with their own national elections this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines can do the same.