Vice President Leni Robredo said she is willing to step aside to make way for a Pacquiao-Isko tandem for the 2022 elections if that is what it will take to put an end to the current state of governance in the country.

Though Robredo has yet to confirm her 2022 plans, her supporters have been calling for her to run for president.

Robredo said in an interview Monday with ANC that she is open to any coalition that will form in the 2022 national elections, even if that tandem is Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

“Ako, yes. Yes if that will be the result of discussions of the broadest coalition that we can form. Bukas ako sa kahit ano na would put a stop to this kind of governance already,” she said.

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Robredo has also yet to signify if she will run for another position besides the president. She has also been recently vocal about the current administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis by calling for better response measures.

Senator Pacquiao, likewise, stated that he is thankful for Robredo’s support, even though he has not yet expressed any intention to run for the country’s top positions.

“I’m thankful to Vice President Leni Robredo for her trust in me. [N]gunit tulad ng nasabi ko ay pinag-iisipan ko pang mabuti kung alin sa tatlong option ang pinagpipilian ko: ang presidency, ang tumakbo bilang senador o ang tuluyan nang magretiro sa pulitika,” he told another national media outlet.

Domagoso is also mum on plans to run for a higher position, amidst clamor from supporters for him to run for president. He is also not part of Pacquiao’s political party, PDP-Laban, but of another party, Aksyon Demokratiko.

“I can run for a local position, I can retire, I can just help the next administration if I don’t run for president. I continue to give serious thought to this,” he said.

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