'United' opposition in 2022 just a dream - political analyst

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) - A "united" opposition for the 2022 elections is far-fetched, according to a political analyst.

"Obviously, it's in your dreams. No one is going to withdraw, slide down, or whatever. Let's stop using that word because it is already inutile and irrelevant," former University of the Philippines political science professor Clarita Carlos told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend on Saturday.

1Sambayan - a broad coalition of pro-democracy groups - was launched last March by staunch Duterte critics: retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario. Their aim is to field a single slate of candidates that would challenge administration bets.

The group is eyeing Vice President Leni Robredo to be its standard bearer, but she has yet to decide on whether she will gun for the presidency next year.

The "united" opposition pitched by 1Sambayan appears to have been derailed after its prospects declined to join the coalition. Some of the names the group considered already announced their presidential bids, including Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

Meanwhile, Carlos said she is eyeing a "younger" candidate that could make a difference in the current list of presidential and vice presidential aspirants.

"As an elderly, I like to see young people more likely to have open minds and open to constitutional reforms," Carlos said.