1Sambayan backs Robredo talks with Partido Reporma

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4)— Opposition group 1Sambayan on Wednesday said it supports Vice President Leni Robredo’s move to meet with potential 2022 presidential candidates Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon.

Lacson, the first to confirm a presidential bid next year, leads political party Partido Reporma.

In a online forum, 1Sambayan convenor Conchita Caprio-Morales described Robredo’s move as “very good” because she believes Robredo is trying to unite the opposition.

“It would synchronize with the plan of the Sambayan to have just one set of candidates to go against the candidates of the president and his allies,” Morales explained.

Morales added the meetings don’t necessarily mean the vice president is already aligning with them.

1Sambayan also defended Robredo following criticism from her opposition ally former senator Sonny Trillanes IV about her talk with Lacson and Gordon.

The group is hoping to meet with Robredo soon to discuss the matter.

Para marinig din natin ‘yung kanyang interpretasyon sa mga ginagawa niya, ano ba 'yung ginagawa niya. Siguro within this week or early next week,” 1Sambayan convenor Fr. Albert Alejo said.

[Translation: So that we can also hear her interpretation, what she's doing. Maybe within this week or early next week.]

Robredo said she is holding out on making a decision about her plans for the 2022 polls as she remains focused on her office’s COVID-19 response.