If one were to ask her, Vice President Leni Robredo believes the opposition must field only one presidential candidate in the 2022 polls.
Robredo said having several candidates running in next year’s elections is a surefire formula for disaster.
“We have to accept (the fact) that the President is very popular, and to have many candidates running against his anointed successor will only assure them of another six years in power,” she reasoned out.
Last March, a loosely-knit group of Duterte critics formed the “1Sambayan” coalition whose objective is to assemble a single slate of national candidates to challenge the administration’s bets.
1Sambayan, reports said, is led by former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario.
Robredo, by virtue of her status, was initially being eyed as the group’s standard bearer, but she declined the offer as she was still weighing her options.
This seeming indecision prompted ex-Senator Antonio Trillanes, a fierce administration foe, to announce his intention to seek the presidency as the spearhead of 1Sambayan.
On June 12 – Philippine Independence Day – 1Sambayan organizers said they would be announcing its list of potential candidates in the make-or-break electoral exercise.