Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the opposition should go beyond anti-Duterte platforms for the 2022 elections.
“For one, the opposition must go beyond an anti-Duterte platform. The opposition must present a platform that says that we can do better. We can do better in the pandemic response because these were the errors committed, and these are what we are going to do. We’re faced with a very difficult problem, our economy is in shambles and this is how we intend to revive the economy,” Drilon, a stalwart of the opposition party—Liberal Party— said in an ANC interview.
The senator also assured that the Liberal party would support Vice President Leni Robredo if she decides to run for president next year.
“Let me make it very, very clear that all the Liberal Party members would rally behind Vice President Leni Robredo should she run for presidency, which is a personal decision. Now, if she does not run for presidency, then the Liberal Party would have to meet and see where we will go from there,” he said.
Drilon also expressed support to 1Sambayan coalition.
Drilon: Opposition should ‘go beyond anti-Duterte platform’
“We do hope that the opposition could come up with only one candidate because in the next year’s elections, as in any elections in the past, the administration would always have the advantage, and we must exert every effort to oppose the administration candidate,” he said.
“As we said, we should only have one candidate. We cross our fingers that Vice President Leni will decide to run for the President. And I believe she is the strongest, and hopefully, she can unite all the non-Duterte candidates,” the senator added.
On Saturday, 1Sambayan released the list of those they wanted to support the presidency and vice president.
These include Vice President Leni Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, Sen. Grace Poe, CIBAC Party-List Rep. Eddie Villanueva, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto.