Robredo says it’s wrong to dwell on 2022 polls amid the raging pandemic

Published March 16, 2021, 9:23 PM

by Raymund Antonio

It does not feel right to think about the presidential elections next year because of the problems still hounding the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Tuesday, March 16.

Vice President Leni Robredo

In an interview on the sidelines of her visit to Uswag Iloilo City Molecular Laboratory, Robredo said she has no plans yet for next year’s polls.

“Parang kasalanan isipin iyong eleksyon ngayon, dahil ang daming naghihirap, ang taas ng cases. Parang huwag muna. Marami pang puwedeng mangyari (It feels wrong to think about the elections now because a lot are suffering, there are a lot of cases. So, not this time. A lot can still happen),” she added.

The vice president noted her visits to various communities in Iloilo province were merely to oversee her programs there.

“Kagaya ako, iyong mga pinuntahan kong mga lugar dito, iyong pinakamalalayo, iyong pinakamalalayo. Hindi naman tayo nagkaroon ng events (Like me, these places that I visited, the farthest areas. We didn’t have events).” “Siguro kung eleksyon na iyong iniisip ko, magpapatawag ako ng maraming tao para hindi sayang iyong baba. So iyon nga, trabaho muna saka itong COVID response iyong asikasuhin natin (If I was thinking about the elections, I will invite many people to make use of the time well. But that’s it, we have to work first and focus on the COVID response),” Robredo said.

The opposition leader remains mum about her 2022 plans despite calls from her supporters to run as president next year.

Although she’s open to running for either a national or local post, Robredo said it might take her until the last minute to decide.