FILE PHOTO: Senator Bam Aquino
MANILA, Philippines — One year before the 2019 midterm elections, reports of coalitions being formed for new election candidates have become more resonant.
Among these is the adoption of re-electionist senators under the party ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ formed by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
One of the re-electionist candidates Sen. Bam Aquino who is under the Liberal Party (LP) meantime hinted on anew group that can be possibly formed before the election day.
“In the past kahit hindi magkakalaban hindi magkakapartido. Ngayon na po siguro ‘yung panahon na kailangan ho talaga tayong magtulungan at magsama-sama,” said Sen. Aquino.
Rep. Gary Alejano, the new candidate being pushed by Magdalo group to run for Senate post, said he is open in case there is an offer to be a member of the said coalition.
“Hindi naman sarado ang grupong makipag-alyado sa ibang political parties or organizations just like before si Sen. Trillanes bilang bahagi ng Magdalo ay kasama rin ng koalisyon. Alam naman natin na malaki ang advantage din nakasama ka rin ng isang koalisyon,” said Alejano.
Makabayan bloc’s members are not yet decided on whether or not to run for Senate but they are open to join new parties.
“Sa October magpa-filing ng candidacy, kung meron mang makikipagtulungan malinaw naman ang aming mga tindig at tayo kung paano kami makipagtulungan sa ibang mga grupo,” said Rep. Carlos Zarate.
“Maraming mga pag-uusap ‘no so ayokong pangunahan pero magugulat ka kasi hindi ito ‘yung mga tradisyonal na pangalan,” said Aquino.
Lawmakers said it is still too early to talk about the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
But the question still remains, is it possible for those who are colliding in politics before to be under one coalition? — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue