The Philippines: Robredo yet to decide as 1Sambayan picks her for president in 2022

  • Vice President Leni Robredo remains undecided on whether she will run for president even as opposition coalition 1Sambayan has picked her to be its candidate for Malacañang in the 2022 elections.
  • Robredo has said in the past that she is ready for the presidency but has also raised the option of running for vice president again.
  • There have also been rumors that she will run for a local post in Camarines Sur.
  • Robredo’s uncertainty over her potential presidential run is in stark contrast to the confidence exhibited by 1Sambayan convenor and former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who said there is only a “remote possibility” that the vice president will reject their endorsement.
  • Carpio said 1Sambayan expects to meet with Robredo, who is currently in Bicol, to explain why they chose her. “
  • We hope that she will accept our challenge,” Carpio said. “She is willing to save the country from plunder, from the dictatorship, she is willing to accept the challenge.”
  • Should Robredo end up rejecting 1Sambayan’s endorsement, Carpio said convenors would have to meet again and decide on their next steps.
  • Top pick Robredo, who was only one of two politicians who agreed to be part of 1Sambayan’s selection process, emerged as the top pick of the coalition in their internal survey and among convenors, Carpio said.
  • The coalition claims membership of three million.
  • The vice president, while viewed by her supporters as the only feasible choice for Malacañang, has been performing poorly in pre-election polls, with only 8% of Filipinos saying in the latest Pulse Asia survey that they would vote for her for president.
  • Carpio, however, is unfazed by Robredo’s poor showing in surveys, saying that polls this early are not yet indicative of what the true results of the elections would be.

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