1Sambayan is a colossal flop


It’s been two weeks since a convenor group calling itself 1Sambayan launched a movement to “unify” the opposition and field a common candidate to run against the administration in next year’s elections. But as I surfed the social media platforms, trying to get a feel on how Filipinos responded to it, I can already declare with absolute certainty that 1Sambayan is a colossal flop.

Even with mainstream media trying to boost its message and gain traction in the public consciousness, Filipinos have shown notning but utter lack of interest on what it is all about. It’s the same dog with a different collar, said a number of netizens. However the group may call itself, it’s an effort to breathe life into the candidacy of Leni Robredo for President.

After two weeks, the Twitter account of 1Sambayan has drawn only less than 10,000 followers. This is one clear indication it is not generating enthusiasm and excitement among Filipinos.

The leaders of 1Sambayan have no solid foundations to stand on, politically and morally.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio was a vocal critic while he was still on the High Court, but his credentials stop there. Everybody knows that Carpio aspired to be Chief Justice, and his frustration at being by-passed several times ate him from inside. Ordinary Filipinos have almost no awareness about this man.

Former Ombudsman and retired Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales left a legacy of protecting the “dilawan” corruption factory. I should know. Carpio-Morales was in the driver’s cab when the Office of the Ombudsman railroaded the investigation into the Iloilo Convention Center anomalies. The case, notwithstanding solid evidence on the plunder committed by Senator Franklin Drilon, was dismissed in a record six months after the complaint was filed.

It is public knowledge that cases in the Ombudsman languish for years without moving an inch. Hence, the enthusiasm shown by Morales in shielding Drilon became so much obvious.

Who is Albert del Rosario? Well, he was Foreign Affairs Secretary during the Aquino administration. Del Rosario committed a big blunder that led to the loss of the Scarborough Shoals to the Chinese. On the good side, there’s nothing to talk about. And now he steps forward once more to impose himself upon the Filipino people.

It’s not hard to see that the number one agenda of 1Sambayan is to get probable presidential bets to coalesce and support Leni Robredo. The group knows that if Senator Grace Poe runs, Robredo will be buried in the rubble. Poe is certain to get more votes than the fake vice president. The same thing can be said about Manila City mayor Isko Moreno. The mission of the convenor group is dissuade the two from running, and instead throw their support to Robredo.

Under the circumstances, Poe and Moreno are not likely to run for President. The statistical data clearly indicate it will be suicidal for them to try to challenge the Duterte brand in next year’s elections. Poe is eligible for a second term as Senator; prudence dictates that she should opt for it.

Moreno has a whole bright political future ahead of him. The wise thing is for him to run Manila for another six years, build a stronger national infrastructure and gain wider respect and acclaim for solid leadership. He has the advantage of youth. Why bang his head against a granite wall when he can wait for a better opportunity?

The other names peddled by 1Sambayan are politically insignificant, to say the least. Former Senator Antonio Trillanes and Senator Nancy Binay are not even regarded as presidential timber.

Time is running out for the opposition. After the Holy Week, Filipinos will start talking about the elections in a higher state of excitement and anticipation. Politics is the favorite pastime of the Filipino people. Many are even known to bet on electoral outcomes.

But the way things are going, the elections are likely to be boring as far as the Presidency is cocncerned. This early, Filipinos have already made up their minds that the Duterte brand — a choice from among former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte and Senator Bong Go — will lead the country for another six years.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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