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‘Lalaban Ako, Lalaban Tayo’: VP Leni Robredo To Run For President In 2022 Elections

The Vice President finally announced her much-awaited plans for the 2022 elections.

Vice President (VP) Leni Robredo announced her presidential bid for the 2022 national elections during her speech today, October 7, in her office at the Quezon City Reception House. 

“Buong-buo ang loob ko ngayon. Tinatanggap ko ang hamon na tumakbo,” she said in her speech. Opposition coalition group 1Sambayan endorsed Robredo as its presidential candidate for the 2022 national elections. 

Days before her announcement, VP spokesperson Barry Gutierrez told the public to be patient as Robredo earlier said that she will announce her decision before October 8, which is the last day of the certificate of candidacy (COC) filing. (Read: 3 Instances Where Leni Robredo Stood up to Fake News Attacks)

Clean governance

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(Left) Jeepney drivers chanting slogans during a protest in Quezon city in the Metro Manila area on Monday, calling on the government to allow them to return to work. (Right) Many people in San Roque, like Cecille Carino and her family, rely on food donated by charities and other aid groups. (Photos from Agence France-Presse/The Straits Times and The New York Times)

In her speech today, Robredo questioned the billions of budget and expressed her determination to put an end to the personal interest and agenda of politicians that have caused the country to suffer.

“Alam na nating lahat ito. Kaya maraming nagugutom, naghihirap, at namamatay dahil sariling interes at hindi kapakanan ng Pilipino ang number one priority ng mga nasa poder. Ang kawalan ng maayos na pamamahala ang ugat ng ating mga problema, at ito ang kailangang wakasan,” she reiterated.

The Vice President promised to defeat the incompetent and bad governance and bring change for the Filipinos and the country. (Read: Robredo Denounces Rising Cases of Asian Hate Crimes in the US)

“At kung gusto nating tunay na makalaya sa ganitong situwasyon, hindi lang apelyido ng mga nasa poder ang dapat palitan; ‘yung korupsyon, ‘yung incompetence, ‘yung kawalan ng malasakit, kailangang palitan ng matino at mahusay na pamumuno,” she added.

Pandemic projects

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Photos from VP Leni Robredo Facebook, sikap.ph Facebook, and Bayanihan E-Konsulta Facebook

Robredo also mentioned her ongoing pandemic projects despite the low budget.

“Imagine kung ano pa ang kaya nating gawin, kung saan pa ang kaya nating marating kung nakatutok ang enerhiya ng gobyerno sa tanging dapat nitong iniintindi: Ang kapakanan ng taongbayan,” she said.

Aside from the fundraising campaigns and donation drives, among her pandemic projects are the free shuttle service for healthcare workers, Swab Cab, Bayanihan E-Konsulta, Bayanihan E-skwela, and more. (Read: Leni Robredo Rolls Out Job Platform to Help Unemployed Filipinos)

“Panata ko ngayon: Ibubuhos ko nang buo ang aking lakas, hindi lang hanggang sa halalan kundi pati sa mga natitirang mga araw ko para ipaglaban ang Pilipinas ng ating mga pangarap,” she underscored.

Robredo is set to file her candidacy for the presidency today at 3 p.m. 

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