Is Vice President Leni Robredo seeking the presidency or is she running for governor in Camarines Sur in the May 2022 elections?
She transferred her voter’s registration from Naga City to the municipality of Magarao in Camarines Sur on Thursday evening — a move that would allow her to seek the gubernatorial post in her home province.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, was quick to say that such a move did not mean that the vice president has opted to run for Camarines Sur governor instead of pursuing the presidency, noting that she has yet to finalize her political plans for the upcoming elections.
“She’s been very clear that insofar as the possibility of a gubernatorial run is concerned, that has to wait for a decision on running for president in 2022,” he said.
Gutierrez explained that the vice president transferred her voter registration since her legal team wanted “consistency in her actual residence at the moment.”
Months ago, Robredo moved her residency from Naga City to the nearby Brgy. Carangcang in Magarao after inheriting properties from her late parents.
In the previous elections, she was registered at Brgy. Tabuco in Naga, an independent component city where residents can neither vote nor run for provincial posts.
As the highest-ranking government official from the Liberal Party, she is considered as the figurehead of the opposition and on-top-of-the-mind candidate for the presidency.
On Thursday, opposition coalition 1Sambayan endorsed her for the 2022 presidential race after an internal survey had shown that she was the top choice of the group’s members, which included 123 organizations and coalitions, 48 local chapters, 22 foreign chapters, and 12 youth chapters.
Robredo thanked the coalition for nominating her but did not say whether she accepts — or rejects it. Instead, she requested prayers from her supporters for her to come up with the “best decision for the country.”