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1Sambayan to unveil nominees for president, VP on June 12

1Sambayan coalition said it will unveil its list of nominees for president and vice president on June 12, Independence Day, convener Howard Calleja said Monday.

Calleja told GMA News Online that nominees are only open for people to choose who among them will be the coalition's final choice.

"Since poll is open to members and public then they have a participation in choosing their candidate and next president," he said.

Earlier, retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio, the leader of the newly formed coalition, said they already had initial discussions with possible candidates for president or vice president: Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senators Nancy Binay and Grace Poe, Vice President Leni Robredo, and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Senator Manny Pacquiao, however, will not be endorsed by the coalition due to their affiliation with the current regime.

Duterte is the daughter of the President while Pacquiao supported the war on drugs and the proposed revival of death penalty.

The coalition’s vetting process includes surveys and interviews of potential candidates. These individuals will be screened based on their track record, stand on important issues, policy platform, and competence.

1Sambayan’s convenors and supporters include Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, former Education secretary Armin Luistro, former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, former Commission on Audit commissioner Heidi Mendoza, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers chairman Neri Colmenares, Magdalo party-list, and some labor groups.—LDF, GMA News