Robredo on why she’s running in 2022: Those who love should fight for their love

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ - Inquirer.net | October 07,2021 - 02:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo formally announced her bid for presidency in the 2022 national elections before her staff and supporters in a brief ceremony held at the Quezon City Reception House on Thursday, Oct. 7. (Photo by OVP)

MANILA, Philippines — As a mother, Vice President Leni Robredo believes that love is not measured with how much a person can endure, but also with the willingness to fight for the people he or she loves.

According to Robredo, this is another factor that compelled her to gun for the presidency in 2022, as she believes those who love should fight for their love.

“Ina akong nakikita ang pagdurusa ng minamahal kong bansa. Naniniwala ako: Ang pag-ibig, nasusukat hindi lang sa pagtitiis, kundi sa kahandaang lumaban, kahit gaano kahirap,  para matapos na ang pagtitiis,” she said in her speech.

“Ang nagmamahal, kailangang ipaglaban ang minamahal,” she added.

Robredo earlier announced her intention to run for the president, saying that she is doing so to end the people’s sufferings caused by the current government.  But she also admitted during the early part of her speech that running for a higher post was a hard decision to make.

“Puno ng taimtim na pagninilay ang mga nakaraang araw. Salamat sa lahat ng nagparating ng suporta, sumabay sa dasal, at umunawa sa pinagdaanan kong discernment process ukol sa halalan ng 2022,” she explained.

“Sa prosesong ito, walang naging lugar ang ego o pansarili kong interes. Mabigat na responsibilidad ang pagka-Pangulo, at hindi ito puwedeng ibase sa ambisyon o sa pag-uudyok ng iba. Pagdating sa pamumuno, iisa lang dapat ang konsiderasyon: Ano ba ang pinakamabuti para sa bansa natin?” she asked.

She then revealed that thoughts of going back to her hometown province of Camarines Sur after her term in 2022 was heavily considered.

Prior to her announcement, she was rumored to be making a bid for Camarines Sur’s gubernatorial seat, with local parties already vowing to support her.

“Mahaba ang daang tinahak natin para makarating sa araw na ito. Hindi ko binalak tumakbo. Iniisip ko nang bumalik na lang sa probinsya namin, kung saan marami rin ang umaasa sa aking tumulong magpanday ng pagbabago,” she disclosed.

Robredo’s decision came just a day before the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs), as she admittedly spent time trying to build the widest opposition alliance.

The Vice President talked with other candidates in the 2022 presidential race, including Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Senator Manny Pacquiao.  However, talks did not prosper as all three already filed their own COCs for president.

Robredo on the other hand is expected to file her own COC by 3:00 p.m. of Thursday.

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