ELECTIONS 2022: Zubiri dropped from Robredo-Pangilinan slate

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Philippine Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri salutes after he announced his resignation at the Senate session hall in Pasay City, Metro Manila August 3, 2011. Zubiri resigned his seat in the Senate due to fresh allegations of election fraud in 2007, which he denied but he said he decided to quit to save family honour. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS)
FILE PHOTO: Philippine Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri salutes after he announced his resignation at the Senate session hall in Pasay City, Metro Manila August 3, 2011. Zubiri resigned his seat in the Senate due to fresh allegations of election fraud in 2007, which he denied but he said he decided to quit to save family honour. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS)

As of Wednesday, senatorial aspirant Migz Zubiri is officially removed from the slate of presidential aspirant Leni Robredo for endorsing dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

He was caught on March 31 referring to Marcos Jr. as “our president” during a UniTeam rally.

“Senator Migz Zubiri has been officially dropped from the Leni-Kiko Senate slate,” Robredo spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said. “His open endorsement of another presidential candidate, in contravention of the agreement with all guest candidates, led to this decision.”

Gutierrez mentioned that the slate will remain as is, considering the time constraint.

“With 12 days remaining before elections, we are moving forward with our 11-candidate Senate slate,” he said.

The vice president said before that while she will be consulted about it eventually, she left her team for her to decide, because of her business with the campaign trail.

Zubiri was dropped first by the tandem of Senators Ping Lacson and Tito Sotto a few days after the UniTeam rally when he announced his support for Marcos. Senator Manny Pacquiao, meanwhile, will still include Zubiri in his slate, saying “regret is always at the end.”

There is clamor from some social media users to include human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares of Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) to replace Zubiri’s now vacant position in the slate.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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