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LP cold on Trillanes even if Leni nixes presidential bid



If Vice President Leni Robredo will nix a bid for the presidency in 2022, it does not mean Liberal Party (LP) will already support the candidacy of former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a congressman said Thursday.

In a radio interview, LP spokesperson Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice stressed that Trillanes is not a member of the opposition party in the first place.

“If Vice President Leni will signify her intention to seek the presidency, LP will support her. But if she opted not to, we will find a possible presidential candidate who possesses the party’s sentiments and beliefs,” Erice explained.

However, he added, it will not be a choice between Robredo and Trillanes for LP.

Erice clarified that as of the moment, there has been no formal meeting yet regarding elections as pandemic response remains the party’s priority.

Until now, Robredo still has not expressed her intention to run for the highest government office yet, the lawmaker said.

He said the party could begin choosing its standard-bearer after results of nationwide surveys on the public’s preferred presidential bets during the second quarter are released already.

Earlier, Trillanes offered himself to replace Robredo as the opposition coalition 1SAMBAYAN’s presidential candidate if the latter chooses not to run for the post.

He added that if Robredo would opt to run for governor of her hometown Camarines Sur, it should be him to become the coalition’s “principal candidate” for President.

It can be recalled that Trillanes ran for vice president in 2016 but lost to Robredo.