Robredo in talks with other potential candidates in 2022 elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) - Vice President Leni Robredo said she is in "exploratory talks" with other potential candidates for next year's elections to assess common stance on issues.

This was her response on Tuesday when asked about a possible political alliance with Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, whom her office partnered with for a joint drive-through COVID-19 vaccination project.

"Mayroong mga initial na exploratory talks [There have been initial exploratory talks], not just with Mayor Isko but with some other contenders," she told reporters during the second run of the Vaccine Express in Manila. She didn't disclose other names.

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To have a fighting chance, Robredo previously said the opposition should have a lone candidate in the presidential polls.

Both Robredo and Moreno have said they are prioritizing pandemic response and have not decided on running. The vice president also said campaigning early would be "insensitive" considering the country continues to battle a health crisis.

The latest survey for presidency released earlier this month by Pulse Asia Research Inc. showed Moreno ranked second to presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, while Robredo was on sixth place.