The Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo, announced her candidacy for president in the 2022 elections on Thursday, with the aim of succeeding current President Rodrigo Duterte and ending the country’s “lazy” political system.
“I am offering myself as a presidential candidate in the 2022 elections. I will fight, we will fight,” Robredo said in front of his supporters, whom he promised to “defeat the old politics,” according to the Philippine news portal GMA.
The 56-year-old Robredo, who criticizes Duterte’s controversial anti-drug campaign and a policy to restrict civil rights, has put an end to months of speculation about his candidacy.
Likewise, he has stated that he is aware of the challenge of running, but his “determination is unwavering” and seeks to “return the ability to promote change into the hands of the average Filipino.”
The lawyer, who was also elected Vice President in 2016, has become the most powerful figure in the opposition due to her attitude towards Duterte and was supported as a candidate by the opposition coalition 1Sambayan.
Regarding Duterte, Robredo has stressed that if the country is to change its situation, “we must change the last names of those in power”, since “corruption, incompetence and indifference must be replaced by sober leadership”.
The deadline for submitting candidacies for the presidential elections is Friday. Duterte’s daughter and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio tops a list of twelve potential applicants this month, according to a poll conducted by Pulse Asia Research, the DPA reports. However, she signed up for re-election as mayor over the weekend, suggesting she will not run for office although she still has time to change her mind.
Former Filipino Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ‘Bongbong’, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, appears in second place on the list, which also includes names like ex-boxer Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, who already have formalized their candidacy.