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