Senator Koko Pimentel Reveals 20 Bets being considered in 2019 PDP-Laban Senate Slate

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and PDP-Laban Party (CTTO)

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III uncovered the 20 names of conceivable senatorial bets that the ruling PDP-Laban party is seeing for 2019.

The PDP-Laban's line up, he stated, incorporates himself and the five senator re-electionists belonging to the majority bloc.

They are Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, and Sonny Angara.

Senators JV Ejercito, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara (CTTO)

However, Senator Koko Pimentel, who is also the President of PDP-Laban party made clear that he just gathered the list and has not been cleared yet by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The Senate President likewise announced that part of the slate are Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

PCOO Asec. Mocha Uson and Spox Harry Roque (CTTO)
SAP Bong Go (CTTO)
Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino (CTTO)

Also included in the list are former senator and now Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, Reps. Ace Barbers, Alfredo Benitez, Carlos Nograles, Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, Geraldine Roman, and Rey Umali.

Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (CTTO)

Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan, singer Freddie Aguilar, and television reporter Jiggy Manicad are all part of the list as well.

Television reporter Jiggy Manicad (CTTO)

Senator Pimentel additionally said that in a phone patch interview that TV reporter, Jiggy Manicad is already a member of PDP-Laban party.

Party member na kasi si Jiggy Manicad e…” the Senate leader said.

Nonetheless, Sen. Pimentel said they still need to conduct surveys to determine the odds of those in the list and make a "progress" report to President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the party.

He also said that they will concede to PRRD's final decision in light of the fact that he will likely request that the President be the main campaigner of the senatorial ticket.

We will defer to his (Duterte) final decision because my plan is to ask him to be the main campaigner of the senatorial ticket”, the Senate President said.

The Senator then said they would later prompt the individuals who might not be included in the slate and he trusts that members of the party who might not be picked would not drawback from the group.

Meanwhile, Senator Pimentel also pronounced that broadcast-journalist Erwin Tulfo was his “personal” choice to be part of the ticket however, the latter was not a member of the party and has not communicated yet his enthusiasm to run for the Senate, although, Pimentel added that if ever Tulfo speaks immediately, he is open to considering him.

Broadcast-Journalist Erwin Tulfo (CTTO)

Pero kung magsalita siya (Tulfo) agad, I’m open to considering him,” the PDP-Laban party President said.

Senator Pimentel likewise mentioned that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and presidential daughter and Davao city Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio were not in the rundown since they have not showed yet their interests to join the 2019 senatorial race.

Presidential daughter and Davao city Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio (CTTO)

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (CTTO)

Pimentel then added that there is no manifestations, whatsoever, that the two are interested, but if they will decide and show that they would like to be part of the party, they will surely have a very good chance.

If she, (Sara Duterte) will also manifest, malaking chance like GMA. If GMA will manifest, former president ‘yan e.” Sen. Pimentel uttered.

Source: Inquirer

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