VP spokesperson asks for patience on Robredo’s 2022 polls plan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp has appealed to the public to patiently wait for her announcement on plans for the 2022 elections, reiterating that she will decide before October 8, the deadline for the filling of certificates of candidacy.

Robredo’s spokesperson lawyer Barry Gutierrez on Sunday addressed reports that the vice president has allegedly accepted 1Sambayan’s nomination as its standard bearer.

“Naiintindahin naman namin. Malinaw naman na maraming excited, madami nang nag-aabang. Kaunting hintay na lang. Sabi naman ni VP, Oct. 8 ang huling araw ng filing at bago mag-Oct. 8 ipapaalam niya na ang kanyang desisyon,” he said during Robredo’s weekly radio show.

[Translation: We understand. It’s clear that many are excited and many are waiting. Just wait a little more. The VP already said that Oct. 8 would be the last day of filling and before that date, she would come up with a decision.]

“Ang klaro talaga dito si VP Leni mismo ang magsasabi ng kanyang desisyon. Hindi kailangan manghula, hindi natin kailangan gumawa ng kung anong kuro kuro,” Gutierrez added.

[Translation: What is clear here is that VP Leni will be the one to announce her decision. So, we don’t need to guess or make any speculations.]

Earlier, Robredo thanked the opposition coalition’s endorsement. However, she still did not say whether she was accepting the endorsement, instead, she asked the public to pray with her in making a decision.

Once Robredo makes her decision, she will remain firm with it, her camp assured.

“Kaya naman si VP Leni talagang pinag-iisipan. Hindi yung parang, ‘hindi ako tatakbo,’ tapos biglang magbabago ang isip. O kaya, ‘tatakbo ako,’ tapos aatras. Walang ganun. Klaro sa kanya,” said Gutierrez.

[Translation: VP Leni really thinks about her plans. She will not say, ‘I will not run,’ then she will suddenly change her mind. Or, ‘I will run,’ then she will back out. That will not happen. She’s very clear with her plans.]

The filing of COCs has started on Oct. 1. Among the popular names who have expressed intent to run for president, it was boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao who has so far filed his candidacy.