Robredo says unifying opposition forces is not easy: 'a roller coaster ride'

Published September 24, 2021, 4:11 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Vice President Leni Robredo admitted that her quest to unify the anti-administration forces for the 2022 elections is not easy, saying it was like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs.

Screenshot of Vice President Leni Robredo’s interview with writer and talent manager Noel Ferrer on September 24, 2021. (Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM/YouTube)

Robredo made the statement after Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, two people that she has been talking to, declared their candidacy for the presidency in 2022.

In an interview with Radyo Katipunan on Friday, September 24, the Vice President could not help but laugh when she was asked if she was nearing her goal of unifying the opposition.

“Tingin ko naman wala namang negotiations na madali (I think there are no negotiations that are easy),” she said.

“Alam mo yung sumasayaw ka ng cha-cha? Parang one step forward, two steps back. Ganoon yung nangyayari (It’s like you’re dancing the cha-cha. It’s like one step forward two steps back. That’s what’s happening),” she added.

Robredo said there was even a time when she thought she has achieved her goal of a unified opposition but things suddenly changed.

“May isang point last week na akala ko sa susunod na araw pwede na kami mag-announce na nagkasundo kami tapos hindi natuloy (There was a time last week when I thought we can finally make an announcement that we have reached an agreement but this did not push through),” she said.

“May mga ganoon. So ano siya, rollercoaster ride (There were things like that. It’s like a rollercoaster ride),” she added.

Vice President Robredo is yet to decide if she will run for president in 2022. However, she said she is open to give way if it would mean having a single candidate to represent the opposition.

She said she hoped to make a decision before the start of the filing of the certificate of candidacy in October.