Robredo on alleged failed unification: ‘I have not given up on unifying our people’

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021   •   195

 

MANILA, Philippines — “If unity was not possible among the presidential contenders, I have not given up on unifying our people.”

These are the words of Vice President Leni Robredo on what is perceived to be an already impossible task of uniting the presidential candidates against the administration due to the seeming limitation set by the Robredo-initiated Unity Talks.

Robredo, however, said that she is not losing hope in unifying individuals from different groups, starting from the senatorial line-up under her ticket with Senator Francis Pangilinan who will run as her vice president.

Robredo-Pangilinan camp has yet to finalize its senatorial slate but the vice president assured that the lineup represents individuals from different parties.

She stressed that only three among them are from the Liberal Party, a staunch supporter of the vice president.

“When I decided to run for the vice (sic) presidency, it was my signal to move on already from all attempts to unify the personalities and the parties.”

“We are very hopeful that unity is still possible, maybe not among the presidential contenders but definitely among many different kinds of people from different political affiliations.”

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson who is also a presidential aspirant, said that the Unity Talks does not really aim at achieving unity, following the meeting that he and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III had with VP Robredo.

Lacson admitted to feeling slighted by the alleged plan of a Robredo-Sotto tandem.

“Si Sen. Drilon mismo, tinuro niya si VP Leni at si SP Tito Sotto na sila’y magkatandem, in my face. It’s good that I didn’t notice it, I was informed by SP after our meeting. Sabi niya ‘Hindi mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo samin dalawa?’ Parang effectively telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the VP and Senate President. So sa akin, when I was told that, I felt insulted,” Lacson said.

Sotto, meanwhile, believes that Robredo’s attempt for unity talks is already a belated move as the Lacson-Sotto tandem has already established an organized alliance with different parties nationwide.

“Too late for us for any unity talks even at that time. We were already organized and set up nationwide. We are now forming a cooperative alliance between NUP, NPC, REPORMA, and UNA,” Sotto said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Lacson-Sotto tandem to endorse 15 senatorial bets in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III has bared the list of senatorial candidates they will be endorsing in the 2022 national and local elections.

The list includes the following senatorial bets:

  1. Antique Rep. Loren Legarda
  2. Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero
  3. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  4. Senator Migs Zubiri
  5. Senator Joel Villanueva
  6. Senator Richard Gordon
  7. Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
  8. Former DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan
  9. Former Senator JV Ejercito
  10. Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
  11. Former DA Secretary Manny Piñol
  12. Monsour del Rosario
  13. Powee Capino
  14. Minguita Padilla

Sotto said the senatorial candidates included in their list are the ones who “deserve to be in the Senate.”

They will also endorse a “surprise candidate.”

“Tulungan niyo po kami sa pagtaguyod sa kandidatura ng ating mga kaibigan. Nakakasiguro po kami na malaki ang maitutulong ng ating mga kandidato sa ating bansa, sa ating mga kababayan, at sa Senado,” Sotto said.

Lacson and Sotto are seeking the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, in the next year’s polls.

Robredo announces Senate slate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has announced the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem senatorial slate for the May 2022 national and local elections consisting of eleven candidates.

Robredo made the announcement on Friday (October 15) at the Rotary Club of Manila’s 16th Membership Meeting where she was guest of honor and speaker.

“After we announce our senatorial slate, you will see that our slate is composed of representatives from many different parties. At most, we would only have, I think, three from the Liberal Party,” she said.

The lineup includes former Senator Sonny Trillanes, senators Risa Hontiveros, and Leila De Lima, Human Rights Lawyer Chel Diokno, former Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, and Alex Lacson.

Meanwhile, senators Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, former senator and Sorsogon Governor Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, and former vice president Jejomar Binay are also on the list as guest candidates.

These five candidates are also included in the Lacson-Sotto ticket.

Robredo said that they are still in the process of selecting the 12th candidate that will complete their lineup.

She said they want to ensure that the marginalized sector will be very well represented.

Robredo added that they are choosing between Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and Atty. Sonny Matula of Nagkaisa and Federation of Free Workers who both have filed their certificates of candidacy for senator.

Meanwhile, Atty. Chel Diokno said he is honored for being selected.

“It’s an honor na maging bahagi ng Senate slate ni VP Leni Robredo at Sen. Kiko Pangilinan. This is a clear sign na sa pamumuno nila, kabilang sa priority ang trabaho nating lagyan ng ngipin ang batas,” he said.

Diokno, who is the chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group, will run under the Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KANP).

“Nagpapasalamat din kami ng KANP na makasama ang iba’t ibang partido sa labang ito, kahit pa bago lang kami. Nakakabuhay ng loob makita yung pagkakaisa sa Senate slate na ito—at handang-handa na kami magtulungan at lumaban para sa matino, mahusay, at makatarungang pamumuno,” Diokno added.

Sen. Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri also expressed gratitude for his inclusion in the said slate.

“As an independent candidate, I am thankful to be included in Vice President Leni Robredo’s senatorial slate for the 2022 elections,” Zubiri said.

The lawmaker also thanked Senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao for also including him in their respective senatorial lineups.

“I still remain an independent candidate—at the end of the day, ang loyalty ko po ay sa taumbayan, hindi sa anumang partido. But as a team player, I am willing and able to work alongside anyone who shares in our goal of serving the Filipino people first,” Zubiri added.

On the other hand, Makabayan Chairman Neri Colmenares who was not included in the initial list said it was the vice-president’s prerogative.

“Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision on who to include in her senatorial slate is her prerogative as the Presidential candidate. My non-inclusion in her slate at this time is based on what she thinks is best for the interest of her candidacy,” he said.

Colmenares, however, thanked Justice Antonio Carpio and the 1Sambayan group for including him among their senatorial bets.

He underscored that his “resolve to run for the Senate is based on the need to give the poor and marginalized a strong voice in the legislature.”

“We, in Makabayan, have always relied on the support of various groups and the people for progressive and pro-people independent candidates like me,” Colmenares further stated.  —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Lacson, insulted by hints of Robredo-Sotto tandem during Unity Talks

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted to feeling slighted by the alleged plan of a Robredo-Sotto tandem insinuated during the Robredo camp-initiated Unity Talks.

Lacson who is also a presidential aspirant claimed that the Unity Talks does not really aim at achieving unity, following the second meeting that he and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III had with VP Robredo.

“Si Sen. Drilon mismo, tinuro niya si VP Leni at si SP Tito Sotto na sila’y magkatandem, in my face. It’s good that I didn’t notice it, I was informed by SP after our meeting,” Lacson said.

“Sabi niya ‘Hindi mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo samin dalawa?’ Parang effectively telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the VP and Senate President. So sa akin, when I was told that, I felt insulted,” he added.

Sotto, meanwhile, believes that Robredo’s attempt at unity talks is already a belated move as the Lacson-Sotto tandem has already established an organized alliance with different parties nationwide. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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