Mar 17, 2021 @ 19:47

Carpio forms opposition party for 2022 polls

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has found a new passion project and is returning to the public eye after a brief stint as a private abogado.

The man called the “best Chief Justice that Filipinos never had” is formally organizing the Duterte government’s antithesis ahead of the May 2022 elections. Called the 1Sambayan coalition, the legal luminary seeks to assemble the most formidable opposition lineup for the upcoming polls.

He’s not alone, as he’s joining forces with his cousin, ex-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. The trio were the brains behind the Philippines’ moral victory before The Hague against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

“Born out of patriotic concern for the state of the country, the new national coalition called “1Sambayan” unites the erstwhile fragmented democratic forces spanning the broad spectrum of Philippine politics,” the group’s statement read, saying they seek to churn out a full slate of a president, vice president, and 12 senators.

“This is not the way that this country should be run, and I don’t think we lack the managerial capability. I don’t think we lack the vision,” Carpio said in a statement. “What we are trying to do here is to make the people confident, to make the people trust their government – that their government will be there to help them.”

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