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.