Leni joins crowded race to Palace

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has declared herself a presidential candidate, ending a long period of speculation and standing on a campaign to help Filipinos break free of the “old, rotten brand of politics” afflicting them in the past six years.
“Here I am today, taking that step forward,” the 56-year-old widow and mother of three said in a stirring 15-minute speech delivered in Filipino. “I will fight for you all until the very end. I will put everything on the line. I will give everything I have to give. Let’s place our stakes on this fight together.”
Dressed in a blue blouse marked with a pink ribbon—now her campaign colors, as shown by her enthusiastic supporters—the Vice President made her announcement on Thursday morning at the Quezon City reception house.
In the afternoon, she filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the Sofitel hotel, the document stating that she will run for president as an independent and not as a candidate of the Liberal Party (LP).

It was under the LP that Robredo sought and won the vice presidency in 2016. She remains LP chair, per her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez.
After the requisite picture-taking, the Vice President left without speaking to reporters gathered inside the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent.

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