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Buo na! Opposition ‘consolidated, united’ behind Robredo

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By Xave Gregorio

The opposition has “consolidated and united its ranks” behind the leadership of Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said.

“Unknown to the public, the Opposition has consolidated and united its ranks the past few months. This new united opposition is led by Vice President Leni Robredo,” Trillanes said last month in an Ask Me Anything session on online forum Reddit.

Asked by Reddit user ynohtna257, Trillanes said he wants Robredo to both lead and be the focal point of the opposition. “The opposition needs to unite under one acceptable and recognized leader and that is VP Leni Robredo,” he said.

Robredo has vowed to lead the opposition, after meeting with a coalition of groups against Duterte, including the formerly ruling Liberal Party, which she chairs, Trillanes’ Magdalo, Tindig Pilipinas and Akbayan Party.

Trillanes said the opposition is also “busy preparing for contingency scenarios” if Duterte declares nationwide martial law or the bid to revise the Constitution for federalism is railroaded to make sure they “would be able to effectively counter these devious Duterte plans.”

However, Trillanes admitted that the opposition “has met serious challenges in delivering its message to the people,” which he attributed to Duterte’s massive popularity and Filipino “culture” of being “very patient and resilient.”

“But having said this, after two years, the political landscape has change drastically and I can honestly say that the majority of the Filipino people have seen the light. Mas nakaka penetrate na ngayon ang mga mensahe ng oposisyon,” he said.

The opposition is still building its senatorial slate the 2019 polls. So far, it would be fielding Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Reps. Erin Tañada and Barry Gutierrez, Free Legal Assistance Group chair Chel Diokno and actress Agot Isidro.

Of them, only Aquino has been figuring in the winners’ circle in recent pre-election surveys.