Trillanes aims for Presidency in 2022 National Election

Manila, Philippines – Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Wednesday that he has the intention to run for presidency in the 2022 presidential elections.

“In view of VP Leni’s preparations to run for Governor of Camarines Sur in 2022, I, together with the Magdalo group, have decided to convey to the 1SAMBAYAN Coalition to change my status from being an alternate candidate (to VP Leni) to being a principal candidate for President to vie for the Coalition’s nomination”, Trillanes said on a Twitter post.

Trillanes clarified that he is not dividing the opposition as there will only be one unified slate to be nominated by 1Sambayan. Together with VP Leni Robredo, they have committed to support and campaign for its nominees.

“Just to further stress this point, in the event that VP Leni DEFINITELY decides to run for President BEFORE 1Sambayan picks its nominees in July, I would wholeheartedly STEP ASIDE and WITHDRAW my own candidacy in her favor,” Trillanes said as he underscored the importance of having a united opposition.

“But until then, we would work on the assumption that VP Leni would run for Governor of Camsur, and, thus, we could now start our own preparations focusing on the development of policy prescriptions to solve the different problems of our Country, particularly on the pandemic response, economic recovery and poverty alleviation, peace and order/security sector reforms, anti-corruption/governance reforms, universal healthcare, and foreign policy including the West Philippine Sea”, Trillanes said.

But according to the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Spokesperson Barry Gutierrez, VP Leni Robredo is focused on helping the Filipino people through the COVID-19 crisis and not for the upcoming 2022 elections.

“As VP Leni has repeatedly stated, her focus remains on helping our fellow Filipinos through the Covid-19 crisis, VP Leni has not made a decision regarding the 2022 elections, and there is absolutely no truth to the claim that she is making ‘preparations’ to run for Governor of Camarines Sur,” Gutierrez said.

Trillanes then reiterates the importance of the 2022 elections, stating that it is “the most important elections in our nation’s history after 1986. Not only our Democracy is at stake, our very survival as a country is at stake, too”.

He emphasized the people that the country would not survive “another six years of a Duterte rule.”

“In just five years, Duterte has been able to destroy our institutions, bankrupted the economy, worsened poverty and corruption, surrendered our interests in the West Philippine Sea, and promoted incompetence in public service. Worst of all, he made our people accept killings, immorality, indecency, and vulgarity as the new societal norm,” Trillanes said.

However, former representative Liberal Party vice chairperson Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said Robredo is still interested for 2020 presidency.

“VP Leni I repeat has not changed her position and is still open to a 2022 presidential run. Linggo linggo, we establish chapters preparing for 2022. Linggo linggo, kausap namin ang Magdalo kaya alam nila posisyan ni MamLeni. We continue to work for a United front” Bauilat said.

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