MANILA, Philippines— Vice President Leni Robredo called for unity among her supporters but urged them not to exclude others simply because they have different political ideas.
“But it’s just my view, and I want to tell our supporters, that we can’t do this on our own,” Robredo said in Filipino in “BISErbisyong LENI,” her Sunday show on AM radio DZXL.
“We are in this situation not because of just one person. It’s not just because of the president. We need to understand that,” she added. “We need to understand why many are attracted to the President. Why are so many attracted to this kind of politician? We need to recognize that.”
“It can’t be said that we are the only ones who are good — that, you know, we are the only ones who are sensible [‘matino’ was the term she used]. That cannot be,” she went on.
Robredo made these remarks a day after 1Sambayan named her as one of the choices to run against the administration’s candidate for the presidency in 2022.
Also on the list are former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Se. Grace Poe, Rep. Eddie Villanueva of the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto.
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“I thank the organizers of 1Sambayan because they came forward to try to unite the people,” Robredo said.
“But for me, I hope — and this is not only for 1Sambayan but for all my supporters— that they would not say that, just because others have different beliefs, then they are bad. It should not be like that,” she said.
“We should understand why others believe what they believe because if we don’t understand them we will not have unity,” she added.
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