1Sambayan reveals 6 nominees for President, VP in 2022 elections

    MANILA, Philippines – Opposition coalition 1Sambayan revealed its six nominees for presidential and vice-presidential positions in the 2022 national elections on Saturday, the 123rd Independence Day.

    Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Grace Poe
    Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Grace Poe among the nominees for top posts in the 2022 Philippine elections. Photo from their respective Facebook pages.

    Lawyer Howard Calleja, one of the coalition’s co-convenors, said the group has come up with a list of nominees out of the many names given to them for the two top posts.

    It includes some of the staunchest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, like Vice President Leni Robredo and former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

    Here's list of nominees of 1Sambayan for president and vice president:
    • Leni Robredo, vice president of the Philippines (LP)
    • Grace Poe, senator (Independent)
    • Antonio Trillanes IV, former senator (Magdalo)
    • Vilma Santos-Recto, Batangas 6th District representative and deputy speaker (Nacionalista Party)
    • Eddie Villanueva, CIBAC representative and deputy speaker (Bangon Pilipinas)
    • Chel Diokno, lawyer (Liberal Party)

    Meanwhile, the coalition also considered earlier Sen. Nancy Binay and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as potential candidates in the higher positions. Binay turned down the nomination due to the hurt politics has caused her family. Moreno said he would rather focus on responding to COVID-19 response for now.

    1Sambayan, launched in March, is aiming to a single slate of national candidates: president, vice president, and 12 senators in the 2022 polls.

    “The unifying factor among all of these groups is that they believe that we should prevent an authoritarian government from taking hold in the Philippines in the next election,” says retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, who has been chosen by the coalition to be 1Sambayan’s chairman.

    — The Summit Express

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