Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said much as she is waiting for the unity talks with other opposition bets to prosper, she is ready to make a decision on whether to seek the presidency or not if she is left with no other choice.
Robredo said she still has two weeks to make up her mind whether or not to run for the highest post in next year’s elections.
“I have no choice but to decide before Oct. 8. I have to be ready with my decision. For me, I still have two weeks,” she said.
“Let us see if there is still hope to unite. Maybe there would be some whom we could no longer convince, but the communication lines are open. I will still pursue them,” she added.
While she recognizes the overwhelming support for her to run for president, Robredo said her final decision would “ultimately” be anchored on the greater good of the Filipinos.
“I hope that the decision of all (to run) is based on what is good for our countrymen. I know the difficulty. All of us have our own supporters,” she said.
Earlier, Robredo said she experienced “heartbreak” following the declarations of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Sen. Manny Pacquiao that they would run for president in 2022.
“If my assessment was right, we were this close to unification. It was really heartbreaking for me,” she said.
“I am still hopeful that despite their declaration, they are still open for unification, that they don’t shut down the lines of communication, that we can still discuss,” added Robredo.
The opposition coalition 1Sambayan said Friday it would announce its presidential candidate for the May 2022 elections on September 30, a day before the start of the week-long filing of candidacy papers for national positions.