Vice President and opposition leader Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Thursday announced that she would run for the presidency in the 2022 elections after months of “discernment.”

Robredo, who chairs the Liberal Party and was endorsed by opposition group 1Sambayan, will run as an independent candidate.

“Buong-buo ang loob ko ngayon: Kailangan nating palayain ang sarili mula sa kasalukuyang situwasyon. Lalaban ako; lalaban tayo,” Robredo said in a Facebook live address.

“Inihahain ko ang aking sarili bilang kandidato sa pagkapangulo sa halalan ng 2022,” she added.

Robredo also stressed that she wanted to purge government of corruption, incompetence, and indifference.

“Ngayon, sasabak tayo sa mas malaking laban. Panata ko ngayon: Ibubuhos ko nang buong-buo ang aking lakas, hindi lang hanggang sa halalan kundi hanggang sa mga natitirang araw ko, para ipaglaban ang Pilipinas ng ating mga pangarap: Isang lipunan kung saan kapag nagbanat ka ng buto, kapag ginawa mo ang lahat ng kaya mo, makaasa ka sa ginhawa at pag-asenso; kung saan kapag may nadapa, may sasalo sa iyo, may aakay sa iyo patayo,” she said.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Robredo’s office launched several livelihood and health projects such as Vaccine Express, Swab Cab, Bayanihan e-Konsulta, Bayanihan e-Skuwela and TrabaHOPE.

She has been one of the most vocal critics of the Duterte administration’s pandemic response, which ranked worst worldwide in several metrics.

Robredo’s running mate is Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party. John Ezekiel J. Hirro