Manila – AFP
Philippine Vice President Lenny Robredo, the main opponent of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has criticized him for his bloody war on drugs, announced Thursday that she is a candidate for the presidential election.
“I will fight, we will fight,” said Ropridor, 56, adding, “We will defeat the old and worn-out political approach.”
Opposition groups and Robredo’s supporters were encouraging her to run in the presidential elections scheduled for 2022, but opinion polls showed that she was far behind the most likely candidates.
The quiet lawyer was elected vice president in 2016, when Duterte won the presidency, in two separate ballots in the Philippines.
Robredo left the Duterte administration six months after her inauguration, after finding out through a presidential adviser that she was being excluded from meetings.
The vice president later opposed projects to reintroduce the death penalty and embalm former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
She announced her candidacy for the presidency after Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the former dictator, ran for the presidency, and Lenny Ropridor won in 2016 over Marcos Jr., whose defeat undermined hopes of reviving his camp.
The latest opinion poll conducted by the Pulse Asia Research Institute (Pulse Asia Research) showed the sister of outgoing President Sarah Duterte-Carpo, who confirms that she is not a candidate for the elections, in front of Marcos and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, while Robredo came in sixth place.
Most of the main candidates support the war on drugs that Duterte is spearheading and he is under investigation by the International Criminal Court on suspicion of a crime against humanity.
To date, more than forty people have announced their candidacies for the elections to be held next May, but the scene is supposed to become clearer in the coming months.
Duterte cannot, under the constitution, run for a second term.
Manila – AFP