MB Daily News Update October 7

Published October 7, 2021, 5:31 PM

by Manila Bulletin

After a  long discernment process, Vice President Leni Robredo has finally decided to run for the highest position in the land in next year’s national and local elections.

LALABAN AKO–Vice President Leni Robredo announces her bid for the presidency during a speech on Oct. 7, 2021. (Mark Balmores/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo had tried for the past few months to unite opposition forces under a single ticket, but this was not meant to be as the likes of Senators Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao; and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno have all announced their bid for the presidency beforehand.

Robredo’s decision came two days following the declaration of her nemesis, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, that he, too, would vie for the Palace seat in 2022. The two had dueled in the 2016 vice presidential race where the lady official won by the skin of her teeth.

The Vice President’s entry in the race toward Malacañang leaves just one other anticipated candidate out of the picture in Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio–at least for now, that is.

Duterte-Carpio, the frontrunner in recent surveys, had filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) as a reelectionist for mayor last Saturday. However, there are a lot of still people–including her father, President Duterte–who are hoping that she would reconsider her 2022 plans.

These are among the top stories this busy Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021.

1) PH COVID-19 Update: 10,019 new cases; 7,425, new recoveries; 109 new deaths

2) Leni join Palace race

3) ELECTION 2022

4) Talk to the People

5) Will this address slow Internet connection?

6) Security stepped up for polls

7) Duterte vs senators

8) Lawmakers’ Corner

9) Oil price hikes explained

10) On return of face-to-face classes

11) Judiciary Corner

12) Weather Update

13) Business Corner

14) Metro Manila Roundup

15) Provincial Roundup