VP Robredo still undecided, but open to running for President in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — Following speculations that she’s eyeing a gubernatorial post in her home province, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday clarified she’s still not closing the doors on joining the 2022 presidential race.

The country’s second highest official said she has yet to decide if she will gun for a local or national seat next year, or if she will stay in politics at all.

“Mula last year, sinabi ko na na open ako sa lahat ng options,” Robredo said in her weekly radio show. “At ano ‘yung mga options na ‘yun? Tumakbo ako ng pangulo, ng governor, ng congressman—dati kong posisyon, tumakbo ako ng mayor, o ‘di na ko tumakbo at all, ‘yun yung gusto ng mga anak ko.”

[Translation: Since last year, I have said I’m open to all options. And what are these options? That I will run for president, for governor, for congressman—my former position, for mayor, or that I will not run at all, which is what my children want.]

Repeating a statement in February, Robredo said she finds local office “more attractive,” as this would allow more on the ground engagement. She reiterated, however, that this isn't something set in stone.

The vice president made these clarifications in response to former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's claim earlier this week that she is now preparing to run for governor of Camarines Sur.

Robredo also said there is no truth to rumors that she’s been regularly travelling to the province due to these political plans, noting she has only returned there twice this year. Her office’s COVID-19 efforts, she said, have already been keeping her hands full.

“Siguro kung walang pandemya, mas may panahon akong asikasuhin ‘yung politika [Perhaps if there is no pandemic, I’d have more time for politics],” Robredo said.

She added she would respect if a political party eyeing her as a presidential bet could no longer wait for her decision, stressing the pandemic response is her foremost priority at the moment. Robredo is 1Sambayan's top pick for its presidential candidate.

The vice president also said her change of residency from Naga City to Magarao town has nothing to do with politics, explaining the move was only because her family had built a house in the nearby municipality.