Interview of Atty. Barry Gutierrez with The Big Story
The Big Story, OneNews PH
ATTY. BARRY GUTIERREZ: Good evening Roby. Good evening Gretchen. Happy to be here.
ROBY ALAMPAY: Attorney Gutierrez, this has been coming up over the past couple of days. On the one hand, you have a lot of big names in the Bicol region coming together behind the candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, we're hearing a lot more people floating this Leni-Sara tandem. Is this catching you by surprise? And what is the reaction of the campaign to this?
ATTY. BARRY GUTIERREZ: Well, we aren't really surprised. In any election, there will be groups outside of the campaign who will endorse a different tandem than the one actually pushed for by the campaign itself, and I think that's an inevitable consequence of having a system where, instead of voting for a tandem, voters vote for an individual candidate for President and an individual candidate for Vice President. So, it's happened before in previous elections. It's not surprising that it's happening again, but our position remains very firm: The choice for Vice President of VP Leni is Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
He is the one who is part of the slate. He is the one going around with her. He is the one that she has very firmly endorsed in all of her sorties, in all of her speeches. So, you know, if there are people who will say that they support her but they support another VP bet, then we will welcome that support because after all, an election is about addition. But, our position will be firmly for supporting Senator Kiko as Vice President.
ROBY ALAMPAY: Speaking of which, kumusta si Senator Kiko? And how is he taking this? And also, more importantly, as you go around and I imagine you meet with different political players, are you in any position to assert that it has to be Senator Kiko?
ATTY. BARRY GUTIERREZ: Well, the campaign will always assert in the sense that if you saw the events in Bicol just these past few days, it was Senator Kiko accompanying VP Leni all throughout the sorties in her home province of Camarines Sur, in Camarines Norte, in Albay where Congressman Salceda endorsed the VP, in Sorsogon, and in all these other places. That's the way it's going to be throughout the campaign. And you know, Senator Kiko knows this. He's a veteran of many election campaigns. He knows that this will happen in the course of any election campaign, but he can rely, and he is confident in the support and the continued trust of the Vice President, in the fact that she has never actually wavered once in supporting him and endorsing him. So, you know, that's the way that the two will proceed moving forward. They will run and they are running as a tandem.