Robredo ready to run for President if chosen by unity ticket

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — Vice President Leni Robredo is still undecided on her plans for next year's elections, but said she's ready to run for president if chosen by a unity ticket.

"Kung kahit sino ang kalaban, basta ako iyong pipiliin ng anti-admin forces, laban ako," Robredo told reporters in Pampanga during the launch of her Vaccine Express.

[Translation: No matter who's the opponent, as long as the anti-admin forces choose me, I will fight.]

She's also ready to battle it out with former senator Bongbong Marcos — whom she defeated in the vice presidential race in 2016. Marcos earlier said he will beat Robredo in a head-to-head fight.

"Kung one-on-one na Bongbong Marcos, lalaban ako kahit dehado," the Vice President said.

[Translation: If I'm going one-on-one against Bongbong Marcos, I will fight even if I'm at a disadvantage.]

But Robredo explained negotiations are still ongoing with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Manny Pacquiao to unite anti-administration forces. There are plans to meet Moreno and Pacquiao together, she added.

"Iyong pine-prevent ko lang naman na kami-kami maghihiwa-hiwalay. Iyon iyong pine-prevent ko kaya nag-e-exert ako ng effort na pag-isahin lahat," Robredo said.

[Translation: What I'd like to prevent is the opposition splitting up. That's what I want to prevent so I'm exerting effort to unify us.]

On the possibility of running for a local post, Robredo said it's still an option, but not a priority.

"Ang priority ngayon, ayusin talaga iyong national. Magkakaroon lang ako ng time na ayusin iyong lokal kapag maayos na ang national," she noted.

[Translation: The priority now is really to fix the national. I will only have time to think about the local when the national is fixed.]