Both Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV are honored to be named as two of the six nominees for president and vice president in the 2022 national elections but did not confirm their presidential bid.
In a statement released by the Office of the Vice President (OVP), it stated that Robredo is thankful for the nomination and grateful that she has been considered as a candidate who could bring unity in the next polls.
However, it also expressed that Robredo has yet to decide whether to run for a higher position as she still focused on responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Nanatiling nakatutok si VP Leni Robredo sa pagtulong sa lahat ng Pilipino sa panahon ng Covid-19,” the OVP stated.
“Patuloy ang kanyang panawagan na kailangang makinig, maging bukas, at umunawa sa pinanggagalingan ng lahat para maging matagumpay ang anumang proseso ng pagkakaisa,” it added.
Trillanes, meanwhile, said it is a “big honor” that the opposition coalition included him in the list of its potential president bet for 2022.
“Nagtitiwala kami sa wisdom ng mga convenors ng 1Sambayan at naniniwala kami na ito ang tanging vehicle tungo sa pagpanalo ng oposisyon sa 2022,” he said.
Trillanes, a staunch critic of the present administration, was the first politician to declare his desire to run for the top government post in the next elections.
However, he emphasized that he would only run for the position if Robredo will instead resort to running as Camarines Sur governor.
He previously ran as vice president in 2016 polls but lost to Robredo, who is now the principal presidential bet of the 1Sambayan.
Aside from them, Senator Grace Poe, Atty. Chel Diokno, CIBAC partylist Rep Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto were also nominated.
Poe and Santos-Recto, however, expressed that they do not intend to run for higher government positions in next year’s elections.
The convenors explained that they selected the candidates based on their character, capability, and track record.
Trillanes, a native of Bicol, is a retired officer of the Philippine Navy and served as a senator from 2007 to 2019.
He is infamously known for various protests he led against then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo such as the Oakwood mutiny of 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.
Robredo, meanwhile, is the wife of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and a former congresswoman of the third district of Camarines Sur. She is a lawyer by profession.