MANILA, Oct 2 (Mabuhay) — 1Sambayan may settle for either Manila Mayor Isko Moreno or former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should Vice President Leni Robredo decline to run for president in the May 2022 elections under the opposition coalition.
Interviewed during the Friday News Forum, 1Sambayan lead convenor and retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said Moreno and Trillanes were the two other personalities who agreed to undergo the selection process.
“Theoretically, ‘pag ayaw ni Leni [if Leni declines], we go down to the other two,” Carpio said.
Carpio, however, remains hopeful that Robredo will accept the endorsement and join the presidential race.
“Theoretically, she can say no [to the nomination]. But judging from what she has been saying, sabi niya, ‘Lalaban ako just to stop another Duterte administration, lalaban ako just to stop the Marcoses from getting back to Malacañang’,” Carpio said.
“Of course, I cannot say for certain, but I think I am confident that she will decide correctly, that she will accept the challenge, although that’s from my personal point of view,” he added.
Carpio said Robredo was the “overwhelming” choice for the presidential nomination.
Robredo reiterated on Thursday that the presidency carries a huge responsibility.
She said deciding whether to run for president should not be based on ambition or the insistence of some people.
The filing of certificates of candidacy for national positions began on Friday and will end on October 8. (MNS)