MANILA, Philippines — Opposition group 1Sambayan hinted at revealing its line-up of candidates for the 2022 National Elections in September.
According to Retired Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, they are now in the process of completing the names to be included in their line-up of candidates.
“We are very inclusive, that’s why up to now we’re trying to form a bigger coalition,” Carpio said.
The former magistrate said 1Sambayan Coalition is strengthening its group by entering into an alliance with other organizations to match the ruling party of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The group initially invited Vice President Leni Robredo to run as president on their side.
Likewise, they asked other popular names like former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Atty. Chel Diokno, Senator Grace Poe, Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, and Congressman Eddie Villanueva.
Poe, Diokno, and Recto already turned down the offer.
Yet, the 1Sambayan Coalition believes there is a chance for the opposition to stand out and defeat the administration lineup.
Carpio said among those whom they invited in the coalition was Senator Ping Lacson, who already announced his bid for the 2022 national elections, though he declined their invitation.
As a prior assessment of what to expect in next year’s polls, the group said Lacson will definitely divide the administration’s expected votes.
“Sa tingin po natin, with the solid opposition, mahahati lang po nila ang boto ng administrasyon,” noted Howard Calleja, the group’s convenor. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)