Robredo vows no withdrawal from 2022 race once she files her candidacy

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she opposed Senator Panfilo Lacson’s “sure unification formula” because she believes that she has to fight until the end once she decides to run for president.

Robredo, in her weekly radio program, said under Lacson’s ‘sure unification formula’ opposition candidates will have to withdraw from the race at a certain point once the strongest candidate emerges. This will be determined by survey ratings.

“Iyong pagtutol ko, dahil sa personal na paniniwala. Sa personal na paniniwala na ayaw ko na parang ni-lead on namin iyong supporters na akala nila tumaya sa akin kasi akala nila nandoon ako hanggang sa huli ng laban tapos dahil mababa iyong numbers ko in the middle of the game, aayaw ako,” she said over DZXL. “So ayaw ko iyon. Ang gusto ko, kung magfa-file, hanggang sa huli.”

(My opposition is because of my personal beliefs. I don’t like to lead our supporters on. Those who trusted me because they think I will fight to the end, only to withdraw in the middle of the race because my numbers are low. I don’t like that. What I want is, once I file, I will stay until the end.)

“Kapag nag-file ako, hindi ako puwedeng umatras kahit gaano pa kahirap kasi pinresinta ko na iyong sarili ko sa publiko, eh,” Robredo added.

(Once I filed, I could not withdraw anymore how hard it may be because I already presented myself to the public.)

Robredo also said she will decide on her 2022 election plans either by September or October.

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