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1Sambayan chooses Leni – but she’s still undecided

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The opposition 1Sambayan party has formally nominated incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo to be their presidential standard bearer in the May 2022 national elections.

However (as of this writing), Ms. Robredo still hasn’t accepted the draft of 1Sambayan, a multi-sectoral coalition of anti-administration forces led by former Supreme court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.


The Veep said embarking on such a historic journey needs much discernment on her part, and shouldn’t be driven by naked ambition and the urging of others.


“The lives and futures of (millions of) Fili[pinos are at stake here,” she stressed.


1Sambayan officials said the criteria used in picking Robredo were integrity, competence, patriotism, forward vision and “winnability,” among others.


If she decides to accept the challenge, Ms. Robredo will (for now) be pitted against such candidates as Senator Panfilo Lacson of the Reform Party, Senator Manny Pacquiao of the PDP-Laban (Pimentel wing) and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno of Aksyon Demokratiko.


Carpio said that “unity talks” with the camps of Moreno and Pacquiao are still ongoing even if they had said they are going to run in 2022, since this is the best way for the opposition to topple the Dutertes.

Photo: Interaksyon


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