MANILA -- Vice presidential candidate Rizalito David has endorsed Leni Robredo for president.
David, running-mate of presidential aspirant Jose Montemayor Jr., said he is supporting Robredo's bid as she has a chance of thwarting the Marcoses' return to power.
"Sana 'wag manalo si Bongbong Marcos at si Sara Duterte kaya kung si Leni Robredo ang maaaring makatalo sa kanila o sa kanya, kay Bongbong Marcos, siya po ang ating tulungan," he said in the Comelec-KBP PiliPinas Forum 2022.
(I hope Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte don't win, so if Leni Robredo can defeat Bongbong Marcos, let's help her.)
"Kaya po, tahasan ko na pong ini-endorso, with respect to my ka-tandem na si Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr., na si Leni Robredo po ang ating tulungan upang baka sakali naman ay talunin niya si Bongbong Marcos."
(That is why I now boldly endorse, with respect to my running-mate Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr.--let us help Leni Robredo because she might defeat Bongbong Marcos.)
David said Marcos Jr. and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, present a clear and present danger for the country.
Marcos Jr. is the frontrunner in the May 9 presidential race, according to the latest and final survey conducted by research firm Pulse Asia in April.
He got the backing of 56 percent of 2,400 likely voters in that survey. Robredo is a distant second with 23 percent support.
David previously said that some candidates should have given way so others could have a "better chance" of defeating Marcos Jr.
He has also endorsed the vice presidential candidacy of his opponent, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III.
In the latest Pulse Asia poll, Duterte-Carpio got a 55 percent rating, while Sotto placed second at 18 percent.