MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chonicles, Manila Bureau) – She had previously vowed to lead the Opposition against Rodrigo Duterte, but today, Vice President Leni Robredo announced she was breaking away from the Liberal Party and joining the President’s PDP-Laban.
Robredo’s announcement all but crushed what’s left of the anti-Duterte forces.
Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Robredo said she can no longer stand against the President whose satisfaction and approval ratings have consistently been sky high and have even recently improved, according to the latest SWS survey.
“It’s time to focus on what’s good for the people,” Robredo said, adding that despite his flaws, Duterte has shown his sincere commitment to improving the lives of Fiipinos.
“I can no longer, in conscience, continue to oppose Duterte. On the contrary, I would like to join him in taking our country to higher levels and hopefully to become a first-world country,” Robredo added.
As for the Opposition Coalition’s chances for the the 2019 elections, Robredo said it’s anywhere between slim to none. “I am throwing my 100% support for the national and local candidates running under Duterte’s PDP-Laban,” she said.
Opposition Senatorial candidates, including Robredo’s runningmate in the 2016 elections, Mar Roxas, are still in shock and awe about Robredo’s announcement.