Trillanes says 'pro-Isko' Makabayan bloc tried to stop 1Sambayan's endorsement of Robredo

Published October 16, 2021, 3:54 PM

by Raymund Antonio

The Makabayan bloc—composed of progressive party-list groups in the House of Representatives—tried to block opposition coalition 1Sambayan’s nomination of Vice President Leni Robredo as its presidential bet, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said.

(Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV/Facebook)

According to Trillanes, the bloc wanted 1Sambayan to endorse Manila Mayor Isko Moreno instead.

“Makabayan wants Neri to be included in VP’s slate. But Makabayan has yet to endorse VP. In fact, in 1Sambayan, they did not vote for VP, and were pushing for Isko. They even tried to stop the 1Sambayan endorsement of Leni. Pwede ba, ‘wag ako (Please, you can’t fool me),” Trillanes tweeted on Saturday, Oct. 16.

His post came shortly after an interview on the Facts First podcast wherein he claimed that Makabayan tried to steer the opposition coalition toward picking the Manila mayor.

Makabayan was originally composed of Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Katribu, Migrante, Akap-bata, COURAGE, Piston, Kalikasan, and Aking Bikolnon.

READ: Colmenares: Makabayan bloc willing to work with Leni to unite opposition

Trillanes revealed that due to the “maneuvering” of the Makabayan bloc, 1Sambayan readmitted Moreno in its process of selecting a candidate for endorsement in the 2022 presidential polls.

“Aside pa dun, ‘yung inside info (rmation) sa kampo nila Isko na talaga andun sila, on board na ‘yung grupo nila (Aside from that, an insider in their camp is with Isko already, the group has been on board)…it’s a matter of time openly kakalas na yan dito sa kampo ni (they will leave the camp of) Leni Robredo for President Movement,” the Magdalo Party chair said.

Supporters of Robredo and the progressive groups criticized the exclusion of former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares from the Vice President’s ticket when she announced her senatorial slate on Friday, Oct. 15.

READ: Robredo needs Colmenares in opposition’s senatorial slate for 2022 polls – groups

Robredo already said she was in talks with Colmenares and Federation of Free Workers president Sonny Matula for the vacant 12th slot in the slate. However, there is still no word if either of the two will complete her line-up.

During the podcast, Trillanes questioned the leanings of the Makabayan bloc, saying that most of them were mum about the extrajudicial killings under President Duterte when they were appointed to various positions in government during the early part of the administration.

The former senator said the militants only began criticizing the President in 2018 when they were kicked out from their appointments .