Opposition coalition 1Sambayan endorses VP Leni Robredo for president

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FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during a news conference following her resignation from her post in President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet, at the Quezon City Reception House, Metro Manila, Philippines December 5, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/Ezra Acayan)
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during a news conference following her resignation from her post in President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet, at the Quezon City Reception House, Metro Manila, Philippines December 5, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/Ezra Acayan)

The 1Sambayan coalition, which aims to forge opposition forces for the upcoming elections has endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo as its presidential bet on Thursday (September 30).

Following months of deliberations, the opposition coalition narrowed down their choices to two potential presidential contenders; Robredo and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. After Moreno declared his own candidacy on September 21, 1Sambayan endorsed the vice president in a virtual forum that was streamed on several social media and news platforms.

While Robredo expressed her gratitude for the party’s trust, she has yet to accept their nomination. “Deciding whether to run or not should not be based on ambition or the call of others to do so. It must come from within, after facing all considerations and a deep discernment of the situation,” she said in a statement minutes after 1Sambayan ended its virtual forum.

For his part, 1Sambayan lead convenor and retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio explained that Robredo was chosen by an “overwhelming majority” of the coalition members during their general assembly.

"We based our decision on several criteria: integrity, competence, track record, patriotism, vision for our country, and winnability. We have chosen VP Leni based on this criteria. We, therefore, ask VP Leni to accept our endorsement, to lead the Filipino people in these difficult times in our history," the retired justice said.

The opposition coalition is hopeful that Robredo would accept their endorsement with the filing of candidacies just around the corner. While Carpio said that the vice president was “willing to accept the challenge" and “willing to save the country from plunder, from dictatorship."

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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