In same survey, Trillanes is primary candidate for VP, 21 names for senators
MANILA (UPDATED) — Opposition coalition 1Sambayan is choosing from among Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV as bet for President in an internal survey among its members.
“Sino ang gusto mong tumakbong Presidente at Bise Presidente sa Pambansang Halalan sa Mayo 9, 2022? Pumili ng isa sa bawat puwesto,” the third survey question asked, based on a screenshot of the document shown to ABS-CBN News by a reliable source.
(Who do you want to run for President and Vice President for the national elections on May 9, 2022? Choose one for every position.)
Trillanes, Robredo and Domagoso were listed as among potential presidential candidates who have consented to 1Sambayan’s selection process.
But 2 other names were also included — those of Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who were described as “maaari ring isaalang-aalang” (who may also be considered).
The two have already separately declared their presidential bids.
For vice president, only Trillanes’ name was listed in the first group.
The second group of candidates who may also be considered for VP are former senator Bam Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe and Senate President Tito Sotto, who has already declared his intent to run for the post.
Meanwhile, 21 names were listed as possible choices for senator:
- Former Sen. Bam Aquino
- Former Vice President Jojo Binay
- Former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares
- Sen. Leila de Lima
- Monsour del Rosario
- Law dean Chel Diokno
- Former senator JV Ejercito
- Gov. Chiz Escudero
- Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez
- Samira Gutoc
- Sen. Risa Hontiveros
- Former Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal
- Rep. Loren Legarda
- Sonny Matula
- Dr. Minguita Padilla
- Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
- Rep. Vilma Santos
- Former Sen. Sonny Trillanes IV
- Sen. Joel Villanueva
- Rep. Carlos Zarate
- Sen. Migz Zubiri
Meanwhile, screenshots shared by another reliable source confirmed the same names being considered for president, vice president and senators without the distinction as to whether the candidates had consented to 1Sambayan’s search process.
The survey is ongoing and will end on September 25.
In a statement, the coalition clarified that they are still "in the final days" of screening the presidential candidate they would nominate for next year's elections.
1Sambayan also confirmed the internal survey, which is just one of their "several datasets" that would factor in choosing their candidate or "pambato."
"In the spirit of unity, and as we hold the internal survey, we are continuously in close contact with all of our nominees. And in a few days, we will be making the announcement for our pambato," the statement read.
"We... are united in our call for better leaders and healing for our country and our future, as we aim to put an end to the Duterte regime or any of its extensions."
1Sambayan has not released preliminary results of its survey, which covers 123 member organizations, coalitions and sectoral organizations, 47 local chapters, 22 foreign chapters and 12 youth chapters.
The respondents were also asked about issues most important to them and their bases for choosing their candidates.
Choices for issues include jobs, pandemic response and health, West Philippine Sea, education, environment, justice and peace, corruption and incompetence, human rights, hunger, moral and cultural values, prices and inflation, and infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications.
Among the qualities of the candidates that survey respondents are asked if they will consider: personal and public integrity, track record or past performance, and campaign machinery.