2022 Philippine Elections

Rappler Talk: Kiko Pangilinan on his surprise bid for vice president in 2022

Rappler's Mara Cepeda speaks with Senator Kiko Pangilinan, running mate of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2022 polls. Watch the interview live on Rappler.

Veteran lawmaker Kiko Pangilinan did not plan on running for vice president in the high-stakes 2022 elections.

He had been spending the past months preparing for his reelection in the Senate, where he is currently among the only four senators from the embattled opposition under President Rodrigo Duterte.

But when Vice President Leni Robredo was left with no choice but to turn to Pangilinan for a running mate after unity talks with other candidates fell through, the Liberal Party (LP) president knew he had a responsibility to fulfill.

“This is a call of duty,” said an emotional Pangilinan in explaining why he stepped up not just for his Robredo and LP, but for the rest of the nation in 2022.

Pangilinan is running under the LP banner, but Robredo is seeking the presidency as an independent aspirant.

How big of a sacrifice really was Pangilinan’s surprise vice presidential bid? How did his family react to his decision? And how will he run his campaign alongside Robredo to make sure they bring their message down to the masses?

Rappler’s political reporter Mara Cepeda sits down with Pangilinan on Monday, October 11, at 11 am. Watch the interview live on Rappler. – Rappler.com