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NPC’s Sotto: ‘Not ideal’ to float names of senatorial candidates this early

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File photo of Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III taken on March 6, 2018. — Senate PRIB

By Gillian M. Cortez

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition on Thursday said “We would rather come out with an official list that we will support after the filing of certificate of candidacy.”

“It’s not ideal for us to keep on mentioning names when later on they would not be running or will no longer be interested,” the Senate leader said in a press briefing.

On Wednesday, the NPC came out with the names of possible candidates from other parties, including reelectionists Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara, Nancy Binay-Angeles, Joseph Victor E. Estrada, Aquilino Martin L. Pimentel III, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, and Cynthia A. Villar.

Others mentioned were former senators Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid and Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Ronald M. Dela Rosa, Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go.

As of Thursday, Mr. Sotto mentioned that Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino and Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos could possibly be part of the lineup.

Aabot ng 15 yan kasi merong technicalities na inayos pa namin (The list might reach 15 because there are technicalities we are still trying to resolve), like for example, if there are members who would like to include Governor Imee in the lineup, or there are members who would like to include Senator Bam in the lineup,” he said.

NPC identifies itself as an independent party.

“We are allied (with other parties) but it is not a coalition. A coalition will entail a total agreement to coalesce with each other, acting as one political party,” he said.





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