By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores


Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Monday he will only consider his run for the presidency in the 2022 national elections if Vice President Leni Robredo decides not to do so.

“I qualified at the start of the interview. I said that the opposition is solidly behind and united behind the candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo for president. So any scenario of the Vice President withdrawing her candidacy is the only condition that I’d entertain entering the presidential derby,” Trillanes said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel.

Trillanes said he told the unified opposition coalition 1Sambayan during the meeting to support the possible candidacy of Robredo as the next President.

He added Robredo is “highly qualified” and that the “most winnable opposition candidate” to become president for next year.

“How the convenors said or presented the whole process is it’s going to be the prerogative of the presidential candidate, so it’s up in the air because they have not started the first process which is for the selection of the presidential candidate,” the former senator said, when asked if he considers vice presidential candidacy.

Carpio earlier said that the 1Sambayan coalition is currently in talks with prospective candidates that would challenge the current administration in the national elections next year. 

He said that they have already met with some possible candidates, including Robredo, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Senator Nancy Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and Trillanes.

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Former Ambassador Albert del Rosario, Former Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, Retired Administrator Rommel Ong, Former Commission on Audit Head Heidi Mendoza are among the main convenors of the coalition.

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