- The camp of VP Leni Robredo has released to the press the names of its senatorial line-up
- The names on the list immediately created a buzz as it included former adversaries who even figured in public spats in the past
- The list comprised of a former vice president, civil society leaders, incumbent and returning senators, as well as a former congressman
- Even though she currently sits as the chairman of Liberal Party, Leni Robredo opted to run as independent
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The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has released the names that comprise her senatorial slate for next year’s presidential elections.
Leni Robredo filed her COC for president in the 2022 elections, with incumbent Sen. Kiko Pangilinan as her running mate.
In a report by CNN Philippines, Robredo revealed during a speech at the Rotary Club of Manila membership meeting that her camp has already completed their senatorial line-up.
The names on VP Leni’s list immediately created a buzz as it included former adversaries who even figured in public spats.
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According to a report by Rappler, these are former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of the Liberal Party, former VP Jojo Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance, Sen. Richard Gordon of the Bagumbayan VNP Movement, and Leila de Lima of the LP.
It can be recalled that Trillanes and Binay have been at loggerheads with each other over the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the former VP, as claimed by the former senator.
Senators de Lima and Trillanes, on the other hand, have had public spats with Sen. Gordon in the past.
There was even a time when Sen. Trillanes called The Blue Ribbon Committee, which Gordon chaired, as “komite de abswelto.”
Also included in the line-up are former Cong. Teddy Baguilat Jr, Chel Diokno, former Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Alex Lacson, Sen. Joel Villanueva and Sen. Migz Zubiri.
An Inquirer report noted that there are only 3 regular Liberal Party members on Robredo’s ticket.
Even though she chairs the Liberal Party, being the highest elected official of the party, Robredo chose to run as an independent.
Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, more popularly known as Leni Robredo, is the current Vice President of the Philippines. She is a Filipina lawyer and social activist. She is the widow of the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo, with whom she has three daughters.
Sharon Cuneta, wife of Robredo's running-mate Kiko Pangilinan created some buzz online after criticizing the current administration. A netizen asked Sharon if Vice President Leni Robredo and the senators are also included in her criticisms of the “present administration.” The actress replied that she was just referring to President Rodrigo Duterte and the politicians under him. Sharon added that the President is allegedly not listening to the senators when they try to correct his administration.
Even the niece of Senate Pres. Tito Sotto, Paulina, has expressed her support for VP Leni. Sen. Pres. Sotto is running for VP as the running-mate of Sen. Lacson who is running for president.Paulina, who is the son of Vic Sotto, Sen. Sotto's brother, early on had posted a photo of her wearing a pink mask along with the hashtag #LABANLENI2022. She also wrote that people should not vote for someone just because they are related to that politician. Senate President Tito Sotto, her uncle, is running for Vice President in the 2022 Election with Senator Ping Lacson as his presidential running mate.