1Sambayan on nominees for 2022 Polls: ‘No expectations of firm decisions’ yet

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021   •   275

MANILA, Philippines — The opposition coalition 1Sambayan has named its nominees for the 2022 presidential and vice-presidential elections.

On Saturday (June 12), the coalition released their list of nominees which included Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Grace Poe, Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, CIBAC party-list Rep. Eddie Villanueva, former Senator Antonio Trillanes, and Atty. Chel Diokno.

On its Facebook post on Sunday, however, the coalition said it is not expecting the nominees to have ‘firm decisions’ yet to run for any specific positions in the 2022 polls.

“There are no expectations of firm decisions to run for specific positions at this point in time. The fact is no one –- not even the administration ‘anointed ones’ — have openly declared their ambitions for public office, even as some have already embarked on ad campaigns,” said 1Sambayan.

1Sambayan said it would support whatever the decisions of its nominees in the upcoming polls.

“1Sambayan supports our nominees’ desire to think, weigh, and discern if it is truly their personal mission to be in positions of power. It is not an easy decision to make. After all, true servant leadership is a challenging vocation,” it said.

Senator Poe, on Saturday, rejected their nominations saying she has no plans to run for higher office next year.

“Wala akong planong tumakbo sa pagkapangulo sa darating na eleskyon. Sa abot ng aking makakaya bilang senador, nais kong pagtuonan ng atensyon ang pag-ahon ng ating mga kababayan mula sa pandemyang ito,” she said.

Deputy Speaker and 6th District of Batangas Rep. Vilma-Santos Recto, likewise, turned down the nomination.
In a tweet, Recto said she is now focused on assisting Lipa City in its vaccination.

“Furthermore, I have legislative duties to attend to,” she noted.

Meanwhile, both Trillanes and Diokno in their statements neither accepted nor rejected the nomination.

“Isang malaking karangalan na maisama sa mga pagpipilian ng 1sambayan coalition pra sa pagka-presidente ng bansa. Nagtitiwala kami sa wisdom ng mga convenors ng 1sambayan at naniniwala kami na ito ang tanging vehicle tungo sa pgpanalo ng oposisyon sa 2022,” Trillanes said.

“I am very honored by the nomination, although I never aspired for those positions. Right now, I am focused on my Free Legal Helpdesk, and I hope to serve our country, especially the youth and the ordinary Filipino, in justice, accountability, and relief from the pandemic,” Diokno noted.

1Sambayan to reveal line-up of candidates in the 2022 polls in September

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

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)

Pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte na pagdadala ng maraming pera sa kampanya, idinepensa ng Palasyo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinagtanggol ng Palasyo ng Malakanyang ang panibagong kontrobersiyal na pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hinggil sa pagdadala ng maraming pera sa pangangampanya.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, fund-raising sa mga pribadong indibiduwal ang tinutukoy ng punong ehekutibo na hindi naman aniya ipinagbabawal ng batas.

Batid rin aniya ng pangulo na iligal gamitin ang pondo ng taumbayan para sa anomang partisan activities lalo na sa vote-buying.

“There is no prohibition in the Omnibus Election Code to raise funds from private individuals for the candidacies of individuals. So, that is what the president meant, it is an assurance to his party mates that he will not only physically campaign for them he will also raise funds for them,” ang paliwanag ni Roque.

Sa National Assembly ng partidong PDP-Laban sa Clark, Pampanga noong Sabado, sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na handa siyang mangampanya para sa mga miyembro ng partido na nais muling kumandidato sa nalalapit na halalan. Magdadala rin aniya siya ng sako-sakong pera.

“Those running for reelection, ikakampanya ko kayo city por city. Totoo ‘yan. Kayong mga nagtatakbo, I will — I commit to you. Talagang pupunta ako city por city, province por province, kakampanya ko kayo. Pero — at saka magdala ako ng maraming pera por sako kung mayroon,” ang pahayag ng pangulo.

Una nang kinuwestiyon ni Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes ang pahayag na ito ng punong ehekutibo at sinabing may salapi ang pangulo para sa kampanya pero walang pera para sa ayuda sa pandemic response, at mga sektor na labis na naapektuhan ng krisis.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Palasyo na sa kasalukuyan ay wala pang pinal na listahan ng senatorial bets si Pangulong Duterte para sa 2022 elections bagaman ilan na sa kaniyang mga gabinete ang iniendorso nito sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte on VP run: Consider me a candidate at this time

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that the public should consider him as a serious candidate for vice presidency in the 2022 elections at this time “to maintain equilibrium.”

Duterte made the remark as he admitted that floating his possible vice presidential bid is just “political posturing.”

“Posturing yan eh, political posturing so that they would not treat you badly kasi paalis na ako eh,” Duterte said during the inauguration of the Light Rail Transit 2 East Extension Project when asked about his plans for 2022.

“Maybe at this time, you can say that maybe, para to maintain the equilibrium sa lahat, consider me a candidate for the vice presidency at this time,” he added.

Duterte said that if he wins as vice president and the next president would not be his ally, all he has to do is “join the military and the police in the fight against crime and drugs” and “go around ASEAN countries for a more cohesive relation between them.”

Some members of the president’s party, PDP-Laban, have been urging Duterte to seek the vice presidency in next year’s poll.

He earlier said that running for vice president is “not a bad idea” and that he might join the race if there is “space” for him.

Duterte’s term of office will end in June 2022.

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