Lawyer Howard Calleja, convenor of 1Sambayan, said their party would unite, noting they are committed to coalition building and is no elitist.
The party also vowed they would stand behind one presidential candidate for the 2022 national elections.
Calleja said they would unveil 1Sambayan’s prospective candidates for the 2022 polls.
“People will be surprised. We have the formula, we trust the system, we trust the process that these personalities will unite. In our conversations, personal interests can be set aside towards the bigger interest, that is of the nation and of the people, and that resonated to all candidates we have talked to,” he said in an ANC interview.
“We are a broad coalition. We are not elitist. In fact, our convenors are now 24, including representatives from urban poor, labor, farmers, OFWs, all spectrum,” he added.
1Sambayan to unveil opposition candidates
Calleja also ignored criticisms against their party.
“We are not saying we are perfect. What we are is presenting a better alternative and a better platform for recovery not only from the pandemic but the recovery of the Philippine society as well,” he said.
“What is clear is this administration is bad. In fact, it is super bad. We are not saying we are good. What we are saying is that there is nothing perfect, but we are giving the Filipinos a better alternative than what we have today,” he added.
“We are confident to say that the dream of having one candidate [for the opposition] in 2022 is more possible now than a year ago,” Calleja said.
“Secretary Roque said our voice is as good as one barangay. Yes, we started small, but we are confident and we are growing. By election time, our voice will be good for thousands of barangays and millions of Filipinos. We will have a united front in 2022 and we will win by majority, not just by plurality,” he added.