1Sambayan not expecting ‘firm decisions’ yet from nominees to run in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) -- The opposition coalition 1Sambayan said it is not expecting “firm decisions” yet from its nominees to run for specific positions in the 2022 general elections.

In a statement on Sunday, the coalition pointed out that not even the administration’s “anointed ones” have openly declared their plans to run for public office.

“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.

The coalition released on Saturday the list of its nominees for president and vice president for next year’s polls. The names include Vice President Leni Robredo, former Senator Antonio Trillanes, Senator Grace Poe, CIBAC party-list Rep. Eddie Villanueva, Atty. Chel Diokno, and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto.

However, Poe and Santos-Recto rejected their nominations and both maintained that they have no plans to run for higher office next year. Meanwhile, both Diokno and Villanueva did not categorically accept nor reject the nomination.

For her part, Robredo renewed her call for unity among the opposition as she urged supporters to be receptive to other ideas and voices.

Despite leading surveys, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has remained tight-lipped about her plans for 2022. But she previously said she has no plan to succeed her father.

1Sambayan said it would support whatever will be the decision of its nominees.

“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.