Robredo on 2022 election plans: 'no decision yet'

Published June 6, 2021, 12:23 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo is setting the record straight on her political plans, insisting that she has not made a decision yet to run as president or Camarines Sur governor in 2022.

During her Sunday radio show, the vice president disclosed that she personally met with former Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. in February this year because he was inviting her to run as governor.

Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-congressman Rolando Andaya Jr. (OVP/FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo said she has always been “honest” even to the public that she’s open to running for a local post in her home province.

The lady official told the same thing to Andaya, who recently confirmed that she will run as governor of Camarines Sur.

“In fact, ilang beses kong sinabi na kung walang ibang considerations ang preference ko local pero wala pa akong desisyon. And sinabi ko rin sa kanila na hindi pa ako makakapagdecide soon dahil may mga responsibilities ako sa national na hindi pwede kong talikuran nang basta-basta (In fact, I’ve said many times that if I don’t have other considerations, my preference is local but I have no decision yet. I told them that I can’t decide soon because I still have responsibilities to national that I just can’t turn my back on),” she explained.

The opposition leader added that she can only decide to run for the gubernatorial post once she’s made the decision not to run for the presidency.

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If the decision to run is only based on her “personal convenience,” Robredo said she would have made the decision a long time ago.

But given that a lot of her supporters and partymates are persuading her to run as president, she noted that she has a lot of things to consider.

What she wants to make sure of first is for the opposition to have just one candidate. That will give the opposition a better chance of winning against the administration’s standard-bearer.

READ: Opposition must have a common standard-bearer in 2022 — Robredo

“Makakapagdecide lang ako with finality kung tatakbo ako sa lokal kapag naayos ko na iyong national. Kapag naayos ko na, hindi ako tatakbo sa pagkapresidente (I can only decide with finality that I will run in the local once I fix the national. Once I fixed it, I will not run as president),” Robredo said.

Admitting again that the option to run as governor is “attractive” to her because Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte’s term is ending, she insisted that her obligation is to national politics first.

“Madaming naghihintay sa desisyon sa national. Ito muna ‘yung uunahin ko. Kapag nasettle ko na ito, pwede na akong tumutok kung kakandidato ba ako sa lokal (A lot are waiting for my decision in national. I will focus on this first. Once I settle this, I can already focus if I will run for local),” she said.

Robredo dismissed allegations that Andaya and his group are convincing her to go back to local politics to pave the way for the administration’s presidential bet.

Andaya is a Duterte ally and has been vocal in his support to presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s possible bid for the presidency.