Robredo defends decision rejecting Lacson’s 2022 ‘unification’ plan

Vice President Leni Robredo said she rejected the “unification formula” versus the Duterte administration that Senator Panfilo Lacson proposed for the 2022 elections as this would demand candidates to eventually withdraw from the race in support of one common bet.

In her weekly radio show, Robredo explained that he did not like the proposal of Lacson, which asks all potential contenders to file their Certificates of Candidacy but also calls them to withdraw their candidacies to support a common bet who performs best in pre-election surveys.

“Ako kasi ang paniniwala ko, kapag nag-file ang kandidato ng COC, prini-prisenta na namin ang mga sarili namin. ‘Yung mga naniniwala sa amin, tataya na sa amin,” she said.

“Simple ang dahilan ko sa pagtutol: kapag nag-file ako, kailangan kong ituloy ang laban, hindi ako pwedeng umatras kahit gaano kahirap,” Robredo added.

[Translation: I believe that when a candidate files a COC, we will present ourselves. Those who believe in us will bet on us. My reason for objecting is simple. When I file for candidacy, I have to continue the fight, I can’t back down no matter how hard the situation is.]

Lacson, who earlier bared his desire to secure the presidency, made Robredo’s decision known during a television interview last week.

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