Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) as she joined the 2022 presidential derby.

The opposition’s official bet lodged her COC at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. She will be running under the opposition coalition 1Sambayan.

Prior to the filing of COC, Robredo had tried to talk to other possible presidential candidates, including Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao. However, the three have already filed their own COCs for their respective presidential bids.

Robredo said that two of the primary factors she is weighing in before making a decision on a possible presidential run is her desire to stop the Marcoses from returning to power, and to prevent another brand of governance similar to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. already filed his COC for president on Wednesday.

Robredo will again face-off with Marcos after the latter’s loss in the 2016 vice presidential race.

Marcos, son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos who was convicted of seven counts of graft, however, claimed that he was cheated and filed a complaint before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

The Supreme Court, sitting as the PET, however, unanimously dismissed Marcos’ poll protest for lack of merit.

EDV

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