Robredo OK with meeting Trillanes on 2022 plans — spox

Published July 29, 2021, 8:59 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo is willing to face former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to talk about the preparations for the May 2022 polls, her spokesperson said on Thursday, July 29.

Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (OVP/ Trillanes Facebook)

Lawyer Barry Gutierrez said the vice president would also like to sit down with Trillanes in a meeting.

“Well, kung magkakaroon ng opportunity para dun, bakit hindi? (if they will be given the opportunity for that, why not?),” Gutierrez said in an interview on OnePH Thursday night.

“Kung gusto lang pala ni Senator Trillanes ay mag-usap sila eh, hindi naman niya kailangan magpakawala ng kung ano anong salita sa social media (If Senator Trillanes only wants to talk to her, he doesn’t need to make various statements on social media),” he added.

Robredo’s spokesperson made the remark after Trillanes revealed on social media that he has yet to meet Robredo since she refused to talk about preparing for next year’s elections.

The former senator raised apprehensions over Robredo’s decision to meet up with Senators Richard Gordon, Panfilo Lacson, and the latter’s running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

Trillanes lamented that Robredo was able to meet them, including former Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., who is supporting her possible candidacy as governor in their home province, but not him.

READ: Trillanes says Robredo refused to meet with him over the 2022 polls

“Simula January, ako/Magdalo (Since January, me/Magdalo), and later on through Tindig Pilipinas, ay nagrerequest ng meeting kay VP Leni para nga masimulan na ang preparation. Subalit, AYAW NYA kaming imeet dahil kasalanan daw sa Diyos na pag-usapan ang 2022 elections habang may pandemya (have requested a meeting with VP Leni to start the preparation. But, she does not like to meet us because it is a sin against God to talk about the 2022 elections while there is a pandemic),” he said.

Trillanes said he could not even send a text message directly to the vice president due to “security reasons” and there was only a representative between them.

But Gutierrez explained during the OnePH interview that Robredo’s meeting with Lacson and Gordon were just initial talks to explore possible alliance, but no decision has been made.

He also said the former senator could reach out and communicate with them through text message instead of posting on Twitter.

READ: Trillanes a ‘valued ally’; opposition will work with him — Robredo spox

This is not the first time that Trillanes had an issue with Robredo’s possible presidential bid next year.

On May 12, he announced on social media that Robredo was preparing to run for governor in her home province of Camarines Sur, which was clarified by her spokesperson.

Gutierrez said Robredo is still open to running for President.