Less than a week before the filing of certificates of candidacies, and the political arena in the Philippines is heating up. Here are the latest developments.
Vice President Leni Robredo to form broad opposition coalition
Vice President Leni Robredo is forging an alliance with other sectors for a broad opposition coalition in the 2022 national elections. The Liberal Party granted her “full authority and discretion” in assembling a united national slate on Tuesday (September 27).
There have been speculations that Robredo will run for president in 2022, although she has also hinted that she may run for local office instead, and that she may even retire from politics entirely.
Robredo has been steadfast in her efforts to reach an agreement with the opposition forces, despite the fact that people she has previously spoken with — Senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, as well as Manila Mayor Isko Moreno — have openly declared their candidacy for the 2022 presidential election.
The vice president previously said that she is not giving up since there is still time to unify before October 8, which is the deadline for filing certificates of candidacy with the Commission on Elections.
Trillanes gives Robredo ultimatum
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV announced on Sunday that he will give Vice President Leni Robredo until the last day of registering for the certificate of candidacy before launching his own presidential campaign. This is consistent with Trillanes' vow to make way for Robredo if she decides to run for president in the 2022 elections.
“But if she still can’t make a decision by 12nn of October 8, I will continue to run as President. We will not allow the real opposition to be defeated without even fighting,” Trillanes in a statement.
Official presidential candidates so far: Pacquiao, Moreno, Lacson
Two more presidential aspirants tossed their names in the hat for the presidential race in the past week.
Senator Manny Pacquiao
Senator Manny Pacquiao, who has yet to announce his running mate, formally announced his bid on September 19.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, better known by his showbiz name, Isko Moreno, announced his candidacy last September 22. Moreno, who calls himself "the healing president" will be running alongside Willie Ong, a physician who has amassed a huge following on social media for his public health advocacy, as well as, free counseling, and health recommendations.
Senator Ping Lacson
Pacquiao and Moreno will also be running against Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson who was the first to announce his presidential bid on September 8. Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto, who is running as vice president, launched their campaign in a 30-minute taped program that aired on major networks and several social media platforms.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s running mate yet to be announced
President Rodrigo Duterte officially announced his vice presidential bid on September 8 in Pampanga. Without naming Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go as his running mate, the president described him as coming from the wealthy Tesoro family in Zamboanga.
Go, for his part, reiterated his unwillingness to run for president, while urging the PDP-Laban to choose a candidate who genuinely wants to run and can follow in the footsteps of Duterte.
Bongbong Marcos yet to accept KBL nomination
Another rumored presidential candidate, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., was endorsed by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) as its standard-bearer in the 2022 elections on September 24.
There have been talks that the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., will seek higher office in the upcoming elections, although he has yet to confirm his plans for 2020. Marcos, who himself is a member of the Nacionalista Party, said that while he is grateful for their support, he has yet to accept the nomination.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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