By ROGER M. BALANZA
Vice President Leni Robredo said she is talking with the camp of Senator Manny Pacquiao to form a unified opposition coalition in the 2022 national elections..
Aside from Pacquiao, Robredo said she also had exploratory talks with Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Sens. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Richard “Dick” Gordon.
Lacson and Sotto have declared they are running as a tandem for president and vice president, respectively. Gordon said he is taking a crack at the presidency.
Robredo said she had talked twice with Pacquiao before the boxing champion went to the US to prepare for his fight with Errol Spence.
She said her talks with the political camps, were purely exploratory.
Robredo, the head of the opposition Liberal Party, is in the short list of potential opposition candidates that would clash against the candidate of the ruling party PDP-Laban of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The administration bet could be presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who has led all post-election surveys for president.
“Pinaguusapan pa lang namin yung mga pakiramdam namin about the elections at ano ba ‘yung stand namin about this. Mga ganoon lang naman ‘yung tinatanong ko, wala pang pinaguusapan kung sino susuportahan,” Robredo said in an interview on Monday with CNN Philippines.
But Robredo’s unification talks appear to have met a roadblock in the camps of Lacson and Sotto.
Her talk with the Lacson-Sotto tandem crashed last week after she rejected the two senators’ proposal for them to file their candidacies in October and then withdraw in favor of the opposition candidate who emerges as a stronger candidate in survey results.
When I fight, I fight to the end, she said to explain why she shot down the Lacson-Sotto proposal.