Liberal Party: Six names to form ‘Resistance Slate’ in the 2019 elections

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2018   •   5381

(L-F) top row: Senator Bam Aquino, Magdalo Party-List Representative Gary Alejano,Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) Chairman Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno (L-F) bottom row: Former Akbayan Party-List Representative Barry Gutierez, Agot Isidro, former Quezon Congressman Erin Tañada


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan named six senatorial candidates who will form the “resistance slate” in the 2019 mid-term elections.

They are Senator Bam Aquino, former Quezon Congressman Erin Tañada, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) Chairman Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, Magdalo Party-List Representative Gary Alejano, and former Akbayan Party-List Representative Barry Gutierez.

Pangilinan said the “Resistance Coalition” is also courting actress Agot Isidro to run but the actress is yet to decide. – UNTV News & Rescue

LP names 8 senatorial bets

admin   •   October 24, 2018

Liberal Party’s opposition coalition with Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has formally endorsed the eight senatorial aspirants who will complete the opposition coalition slate of the Liberal Party.

They are namely former Cong. Erin Tañada, Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Sam Gutoc, human rights lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno, election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay, Senator Bam Aquino and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Former President Noynoy Aquino, senators Riza Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan and Antonio Trillanes IV were also present at the presentation during the presentation.

The LP confirmed that talks with other political parties and independent candidates are ongoing and they expect to complete their slate in the coming days.

“Buhay na buhay po ang oposisyon sa lahat ng andito ngayon na handang ipaglaban ang walo na isasabak natin sa darating na eleksyon,” said the vice president.

Meanwhile, the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has yet to announce its official senatorial slate.

Other senatorial hopefuls have declared to run independently while other aspirants will run under their respective parties such as the Nacionalista, Una, Lakas-CMD, Makabayan Coalition, National People’s Coalition, Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino, People’s Reform Party and Laban Demokratikong Pilipino.

The Commission on Elections is expected to release on December 16 the official list of candidates for the May 2019 midterm polls. — Grace Casin

Bato Dela Rosa, Nancy Binay files for the 2019 Senatorial race

Marje Pelayo   •   October 12, 2018

BOC Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Senator Nancy Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Notable personalities showed up at the Palacio Del Gobernador on Friday (October 12) on the second day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections.

Senator Nancy Binay was accompanied by her brother former Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay in filing her COC.

Senator Binay said she will focus on the country’s tourism industry should she win another term in the Senate.

“Nakikita ko ho na marami pang dapat gawin sa industriya ng turismo. Isa iyon sa ipu-pursue ko kung tayo ay nabigyan ng panibagong pagkakataon,” she said.

Next to file was outgoing Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa who was accompanied by his supporters.

Dela Rosa maintained that his main platform of government is for the elimination of illegal drug operations in the country.

He said he is still too young to retire and still has the energy to serve.

“I am too young to retire…56 years old. Alam kong malakas pa ako. Kaya ko pa. Marami pa akong madeliver na serbisyo sa taong bayan,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

Binay is running under her father former vice president Jejomar Binay’s coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) while Dela Rosa is running under the ruling party Partido Demokratikong Pilipino PDP-Laban. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)


Duterte wants clarifications from Harry Roque over senatorial bid in 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   October 12, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to personally clarify things from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he is getting impatient of Roque’s “inconsistency” regarding his plans for the 2019 mid-term elections.

“I hope I would not offend Harry. Sabi niya magtakbo siya ng Senador, So sabi ko: ‘Sige.’ Automatic may naisip na ako, Sabi ko: ‘Sal, ikaw muna. If you want it, then I’ll scout for another legal adviser.’ Tapos, kinabukasan sabi niya (Roque), hindi na raw. Tapos kinabukasan (uli) sabi tatakbo na naman…Sabi ni Bong hindi naman tatakbo…Bigla akong nahilo. Saan ba tayo pupunta nito, Bong,” the President said during a press briefing on Friday (October 12) following his arrival from Indonesia.

The President suggested to Roque to defer his plans of running until the 2021 elections so he could establish his political career more and have more time to prepare.

 “Ano ba talaga, tatakbo, hindi tatakbo. Mabuti pa paabutin na lang niya ng 2021, mas longer space to make a choice with finality,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President clarified that his appointment of Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo as spokesperson is temporary.

The President, however, cannot decide yet as to what position to offer Roque should the latter finally make up his mind and decide not to pursue his senatorial bid.

“The problem kung mag announce ako ngayon, di ko pa siya nakausap. baka mapalpak ako kasi yun pa naman ginamit niya, he was kept in the dark,” he said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Janice Ingente)


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