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Robredo dispels rumors, says she’s still interested to gun for presidency in 2022



Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday denied fresh claims that she is gearing up to join the 2022 gubernatorial race in Camarines Sur, reiterating that she remains “open” to the possibility of leading the opposition in the next elections.

Robredo maintained that she has yet to finalize her political plans after Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. claimed that she has made up her mind on running for governor in her home province for 2022.

“Amid speculations, I will reiterate what I have said a lot of times before: I have not yet decided that I will run for governor. I remain open to the possibility of being a presidential candidate,” she wrote on Twitter.

The vice president said she would announce her decision in due time, adding that she is considering several factors for the next elections.

“I am considering a lot, but surely, I will decide on the right time. I assure you that I will inform you on the matter after I make a decision,” she added.

Robredo did not elaborate, but she previously said that she would run as president in the 2022 elections — only if she is the sole candidate of the opposition.

She is also considering the “feasibility” of running a presidential campaign, noting that mounting it would be expensive.

In an interview Thursday with One PH’s “Wag Po,” Andaya said Robredo personally told him that joining the presidential race was out of the question.

“I’m sorry because I really love Leni. I want her to become president, too, but it is too obvious from her actions that she wants to become governor. Even if you get angry with me, just support her,” Andaya said.

Andaya has yet to comment on Robredo’s latest remarks.

Robredo, as the highest-ranking government official from the Liberal Party and considered as the figurehead of the opposition, is on-top-of-the-mind candidate for the presidency.

She was shortlisted by 1Sambayan coalition as a possible standard-bearer of the opposition, along with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, and former lawmaker Antonio Trillanes IV.

1Sambayan would unveil its election candidates on 12 June, coinciding with the celebration of the country’s Independence Day.