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Support for Leni-Sara in May 2022 unsurprising, says Robredo camp



Vice President Leni Robredo met with Bataan Governor Abet Garcia and other local officials at the provincial capitol in Balanga City on Saturday, 12 February  (Photo courtesy of VP Leni Robredo media bureau)

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo was not surprised that some politicians are pushing for the Leni-Sara tandem in the 9 May elections.

Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said supporting candidates from rival parties was an “inevitable” scenario in the Philippines where presidents and vice presidents are elected separately.

“We aren’t really surprised. In any election, there will be groups outside of the campaign who will endorse a different tandem than the one actually pushed for by the campaign itself,” Gutierrez said on Friday in an interview with OneNews PH.

“That’s an inevitable consequence of having a system where, instead of voting for a tandem, voters vote for an individual candidate for president and an individual candidate for vice president,” he added.

Gutierrez stressed that while Robredo’s choice for vice president is her partymate Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, she would welcome all forms of endorsement to boost her candidacy.

“If there are people who will say that they support her but they support another VP bet, then we will welcome that support because after all, an election is about addition,” he said.

“But, we are firm in our position on supporting Senator Kiko as vice president,” Gutierrez added.

Robredo had assured the public that in the event she becomes the next Chief Executive, she would get down to work with the winning candidate for the No. 2 post regardless of their differences.

At the sidelines of her campaign sortie in Calauan, Laguna on Friday, she said Filipinos will be the losers if the winning president and vice president are quarreling.

“After elections, everyone should set aside politics and work together — whether it’s me, whether it’s Mayor Sara — since it is our obligation to do so,” Robredo said.

On the first five days of the grueling three-month-long campaign period, the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem has barnstormed Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Albay in Bicol, as well as Batangas, Laguna, Bataan, and Zambales.

During their campaign sortie in Albay, 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda endorsed Robredo for president. He declared support for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio the following day.

“These two are friends who can work together if they both win,” he said. Both Robredo and Duterte-Carpio said they respect Salceda’s views.

Duterte-Carpio is running in tandem with Bongbong Marcos Jr. They are the tandem to beat in the upcoming polls, according to Pulse Asia’s December 2021 survey.

Robredo ranked second in the presidential race, while Pangilinan sat in third place behind Duterte-Carpio and Senate President Tito Sotto.

The Philippines has yet to install a female president and a female vice president at the same time.