Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

The Makabayan bloc is not endorsing the 2022 presidential bid of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo at the moment, according to the bloc’s chairman Neri Colmenares.

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“Neri and Makabayan have not had the opportunity to talk with VP Leni. They have sought a dialogue many times not just to unite on the anti-Duterte and anti-Marcos stand, but more importantly a platform for change that would benefit the people,” Makabayan said.

“While there are common points on current issues, there are also long-term issues to consider. This meeting is important for a political coalition like Makabayan that represents the marginalized sectors of society,” the group added.

The bloc also clarified that it has not endorsed any presidential bet yet but remains committed to “pushing for the broadest possible unity to defeat Duterte and Marcos,” referring to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

However, there is news that Colmenares will be included in the presidential slate of Aksyon Demokratiko that Domagoso chairs.

The Makabayan bloc is also wondering why Colmenares was not included in the senatorial slate of Robredo, who accepted the endorsement of the 1Sambayan coalition to be its presidential bet in 2022.

“We never got the chance to hear the objections to Neri’s inclusion nor were we given a chance to respond. We can only speculate that there are objections coming from some of her supporters representing big business interests, militarists or even politicians who are at odds with Makabayan over various issues,” the group explained.

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