MANILA, Philippines – Critics of the administration on Thursday vowed to come together to campaign for Vice President Leni Robredo following her announcement to seek the presidency in the 2022 elections.
In a statement, opposition coalition 1Sambayan urged “every peace and democracy-loving Filipino to unite and stand behind” Robredo.
“We in 1SAMBAYAN stand firm behind VP Leni in her presidential bid in the 2022 national elections. It is a light of hope that comes at a time of great uncertainty: a country on its knees due to a failed pandemic response, a struggling economy, and a backdrop of the loss of lives and livelihood for the Filipino people,” it said.
“[W]e are up against the vast resources of the Duterte administration. If we remain divided, we will stand to lose more than just the elections: we will lose our country, our democracy and integrity in public service,” it added.
“But knowing that we are fighting for the survival of the country fuels our vigilance and our resolve to push for the presidency of VP Leni in next year’s elections,” it further stated.
1Sambayan earlier endorsed Robredo as its presidential candidate for next year’s polls.
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also said that the Magdalo group will join Robredo in her fight to defeat the administration’s bet and in accomplishing her plans for the Philippines.
“Nagbubunyi ang Magdalo sa desisyon ni VP Leni na pamunuan ang tunay na oposisyon sa 2022 elections sa pagtakbo bilang Presidente,” he said.
“Makakasama nya ang Magdalo para maipanalo ang laban na ‘to, at tuluyang iahon ang ating bansa mula sa pagkasirang ginawa ni Duterte,” he added.
The Akbayan Party, which also endorsed Robredo’s candidacy expressed hope that she will be able to clinch the presidency to “stop the continuation of tyranny, win the fight against the pandemic and economic recession, and lead us back safely to the path of democracy.”
Robredo is expected to file her certificate of candidacy on Thursday afternoon.
She will be facing other presidential aspirants, including former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.