Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has his fingers crossed that Vice President Leni Robredo will consider running for president in the May 2022 national elections.
Drilon, one of the leading figures of the Liberal Party (LP), believes that Robredo remains the “strongest” candidate to challenge the administration’s bet and can “unite all the non-Duterte candidates”.
“We cross our fingers that VP Leni will decide to run for President and I believe she is the strongest and hopefully, she can unite all the non-Duterte candidates,” he said on Wednesday.
The minority leader clarified that the LP is yet to decide on its roster but assured Robredo of support if she decides to seek the highest post.
“Let me make it very, very clear that all the LP members would rally behind VP Leni should she run for the presidency, which is a personal decision. We have not decided on anything but what we have decided on is that we are in full support of (her),” he added.
Robredo has not confirmed any plan after the expiry of her term but has repeatedly said she is open to all options.
In May, the Vice President emerged as the top pick among the preferred candidates in the 2022 presidential race in an online pre-election survey conducted by PiliPinas2022.ph, a still obscure survey group.
Drilon agreed with the 1Sambayan coalition that the opposition must introduce only one candidate for each national position in next year’s elections.
However, he pointed out that the opposition must go beyond its “anti-Duterte” narrative to show the public that it “can do better”.
“The opposition must go beyond an anti-Duterte platform. (It) must present a platform that says that we can do better — we can do better in the pandemic response because these were the errors committed and these are what we are going to do. We’re faced with a very difficult problem, our economy is in shambles and this is how we intend to revive the economy,” he added.
1Sambayan recently released an initial list of probable presidential and vice-presidential nominees which included Robredo, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator Grace Poe, Batangas 6th District Representative and Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos, CIBAC Representative and Deputy Speaker Bro. Eddie Villanueva and lawyer Chel Diokno.