By ROGER M. BALANZA
Not running for any position in the 2022 election is among options being considered by Vice President Leni Robredo.
Robredo, the titular head of the political opposition, is a potential candidate for president in next year’s polls.
I may not run at all, said Robredo, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, in her radio program on Sunday.
Since last year, I said I was open to all options–run as president, governor, congressman, mayor. Or to not run at all, which is what my children want, Robredo said in Pilipino.
Two months ago ahead of the May 2022 polls, critics of Duterte, whose term expires next year, formed 1Sambayan, a political coalition.
Lead convenor former Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Robredo, chairman of the opposition Liberal Party, is among potential candidates being considered to run for president by the coalition.
This even as latest pre-poll surveys for presidential preference conducted by Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showed Robredo faring badly against other potential candidates like presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who topped the surveys.
On Wednesday, former Senator Antonio Trillanes in a statement bared his plan to run for president, claiming that Robredo is preparing to run for Camarines Sur governor.
With Robredo out of the race to Malacanang, Trillanes said that his Magdalo group will push him as the presidential candidate of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan as an alternative to Robredo.
This was however dismissed as false by the Robredo camp.
“There is absolutely no truth to the claim that she is making ‘preparations’ to run for governor of Camarines Sur,” Gutierrez said,
“This is not the time for politicking, but for working for the people’s welfare,” said Gutierrez, who adds that Robredo will announce her future political plans at the proper time.