Vice President Leni Robredo is “open” to running for reelection in the 2022 May Elections, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said on Wednesday.
Pangilinan, President of Liberal Party (LP), said the possibility of Robredo possibly running again for Vice President had been discussed during the “unity talks” between opposition forces and that the Vice President did not shun the idea.
“I cannot speak for her but that is something that has been discussed,” the senator said during a virtual press briefing.
“It is impossible if everyone will run. Someone should give way so that’s part of the discussion and the unity talks,” he added.
Robredo, who is seen as among the strongest presidential candidates in the 2022 National Elections, earlier said that she will announce her decision to run for the country’s highest office on 8 October — the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy.
She has repeatedly emphasized the need to consolidate all opposition forces and have a unified front in going against the slate of President Rodrigo Duterte in the upcoming polls as she vowed to exhaust “all possible avenues” to make a unified ticket possible despite the separate announcements of Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso of their presidential bids.
The LP expressed support to her advocacy with the party adopting a resolution during its high-level meeting on Monday granting Robredo “full authority and discretion in initiating talks and coming up with agreements, as well as identifying and assembling a united national slate of candidates for President, Vice President and Senators while respecting her preference on the elective position she may decide to run for”.
The country’s second highest official ranked at sixth in the most recent Pulse Asia Survey garnering 8 percent votes among respondents.
Pangilinan, for his part, shrugged off the low rankings of Robredo and expressed optimism that her numbers will go up once she formally announces her bid for Presidency.
“We believe that it will go up but of course that can only be clarified if the voters know who will be the candidates,” Pangilinan said.