Robredo: Let’s all focus first on recent calamities, leave 2022 polls behind

Published November 18, 2020, 8:41 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said now is the time to be united and not talk about 2022 elections because of the recent calamities that badly hit the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

“2020 pa lang ngayon, ang presidential elections is far away. Dalawang taon pa (It is just 2020 now, the presidential elections is far away. We still have two more years),” she told CNN Philippines’ News Night.

“And history will tell us, ang daming pwedeng mangyari. Hindi nga natin alam kung kakandidato pa ako (many things could happen. We even don’t know if I would be running),” she said.

Robredo was asked about her possible presidential bid following President Duterte’s threat on Tuesday night that he will make it a “nightmare” should she run for president in 2022.

The vice president maintained she has no plans to seek the highest post in the land, especially now that the country is faced with calamities and the coronavirus pandemic.

Robredo recalled that her first candidacy for Congress was last minute. The same thing happened when she was elected in office as vice president in 2016.

“Hindi ba pwedeng magtulong-tulungan na lang tayo? Kung maglaban-laban tayo sa eleksyon, pagkatapos na nitong lahat. Ang dami-dami pa nangangailangan ng tulong natin (Is it possible if we just help each other? If we will be fighting each other in the elections, we could do that when everything is over. There are still many people in need of our help),” she said.

The lady official stressed that the current situation calls for everyone to be united and set aside the elections.