Trillanes to Run for President if Robredo Won't Decide by Oct. 8

The 'true' opposition won't go down without a fight, ex-senator says.
Photo/s: Antonio Trillanes IV Facebook

Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said he would run for president in the 2022 elections if Vice President Leni Robredo would not do so by Oct. 8, the last day of the filing of candidacy.

Trillanes reiterated his call for Robredo to seek the presidency in the upcoming elections, assuring her of his support along with other members of the political opposition.

"Pero kung hindi pa rin siya (Robredo) makapagdesisyon by 12 noon of October 8, tuloy na po ako ng pagka-presidente," the former senator said.

"Di po natin hahayaang matalo ang tunay na oposisyon nang hindi man lang lumaban," he added.

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As early as May, Trillanes has expressed intention to run for president if Robredo would not vie for the same position. He said he was ready to shelve his political comeback to support her presidential candidacy.

Last week, Trillanes said Robredo should now decide on calls for her to run for president next year after her unity talks failed. The vice president, however, said she would continue pursuing her talks with potential presidential candidates even during the period of filing of candidacies.

Robredo also gave herself until Oct. 8 to make a decision about seeking the presidency.

"Marami pa kasing kailangang isaalang-alang. Hindi nareresolve yung problema sa pag-file, kasi isang step lang yun. May mas complex na mga problem after the filing," Robredo said during her weekly radio program.

Trillanes previously ran for vice president in the 2016 elections. He placed fifth overall.

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