Aquino names sure LP bets but not Escudero


Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

RUSSKIY ISLAND, Vladivostok—President Benigno Aquino gave a sneak peek at who’s in and who’s out of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) coalition slate for next year’s senatorial elections but was curiously mum about the inclusion of his friend, reelectionist Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

During a briefing here Saturday night where he attended the 20th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum, reporters rattled off possible candidates in the administration slate and the President gamely made comments on whether they were a “definite” or a “maybe.”

But when asked about Escudero, who has been either No. 1 or No. 2 in senatorial surveys, the President was quick to reply: “Next question.”

Escudero, who ditched his presidential bid in 2010 and supported a “Noy-Bi” (Noynoy-Binay) ticket, could not be reached for comment.

He is currently being wooed by the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the coalition that joins Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and ousted President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), possibly as a guest candidate.

LP leader and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, however, that Senators Escudero and Loren Legarda were assured of slots in the LP’s senatorial slate.

“Certainly, they are in the short list and both are shoo-ins should they finally decide to join the administration coalition,” Abad said in a phone interview.

Among those President Aquino said had a lock on the slate were Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares, former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara. At least one seat has been reserved for the Biazons, with the LP undecided whether to field the son (Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon) or the father (former senator and new Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon).

Those whose spots had yet to be confirmed were the President’s cousin, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva; Quezon Representative Lorenzo Tanada III, and former Senator Jamby Madrigal.

“I think we’ve already named 10 of the 14 candidates vying for 12 seats. I don’t think those who were not mentioned now but would be included in the final list should feel bad,” said the President.

Mr. Aquino also declined to say how the slate would be divided among coalition partners LP, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and Nacionalista Party (NP), which will likely field former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senator Alan Cayetano.

The President said the final list would depend on the results of senatorial surveys and on those who actually file certificates of their candidacy in October.

Meanwhile, official senatorial candidates of the LP-led alliance may be adopted by other coalitions provided they do not join their campaign sorties, according to members of the ruling party.

“It would be improper for them to endorse their rivals,” said House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II.

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  • jose_rizal11

    Jamby Madrigal??? Rodolfo Biazon??? wala na bang iba tapos na cla sa senado wala din nman ngyari subokan nman ung iba baka mas magaling dba???

  • $25995786

    Chiz is a sure winnerand he is a good man. Biazon should be out, weak candidate, Madrigal contreversial with inheritance case, Villanueva not ripe for being senator, Tanada from honorable family give him a chance, clean record.

  • QQU

    Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva;
    Bureaucratic Service for Growth, Development and Evolution of Name Heirs Administration Director Juan Principe, and Commission to Preserve Birth, Property, and Funeral Previleges Commissioner Queenie Marag-agon-Labing-bingan.Somewhere there in the long titles…are your candidates who are a cinch to win…because they have long titles and political pedigrees. Director Principe is a distant cousin of Erap. And Labing-bingan is related to
    a political leader’s mistress. (We’ll reveal to you his identity in due time.)

    Etcetera, etcetera. It’s news, why not! And  a genius of a  political move.

    “Madaling tumakbo. Eh, kung manalo?” (Dolphy)

  • johnllander

    We need fresh faces.

    Poe, Villanueva are not a best bet for senators.

    Madrigal, Trillanes, Cayetanos, Legarda, Villar, Biazons, Angaras should be trashed, they are just trapos.

  • GMMTC11

    I would rather like to see Escudero run independently instead of going to the camp of Binay and Estrada. A clean person should think twice on getting involve on convicts due to corruption.

    • bbguevara

      Malinis ba si Escudero??? Nagpagamit siya kay Danding when they tried to impeach Davide just to win SMC case. Then, iniwan niya si Danding when he opted to endorse Teadoro, not Escudero.

    • repapips

      clean? weh?

    • boldyak

      alamin mo kung sino backer ni chiz, yon ang hindi malinis…kung puppet ka ng isang gahaman, malamang gahaman ka rin…

      • GMMTC11

        Oo nga ano di ko naiisip yon, mukha kasing matino.

  • 12JEM

    NO NO NO

    Grace Poe


    Bam Aquino

  • KonsensyaNgBayan


  • bongbong39

    MGA TRAPO!!!!!

  • Jon

    Naku LP.
    Maaga pa lang sabihin ninyo na sa MMDA kung saang kangkungan kayo pupulutin.
    At baka maka-bara pa kayo ng estero.

  • celso

    Chiz is one person who loves his own voice too much. I sense that everytime he speaks, it is for the purpose of marketing hmself. Loren Legarda is no different.

    • gibreel farishta

      yup, oslec, chiz never cease on saying áh, áh, áh.. too annoying..

  • Latigo

    Panawagan sa taumbayan wag pagoyo kay Pnoy or Noynoy. Wag iboto ang kahit sinong kandidato ng Liberal Party members kasi lahat sila ay puro palpak!,traditional politician,miembro ng political dynasty at higit sa lahat puro pork barrels at mga kawatan! Buwisit!  sina Chiz at Legarda wag ding iboto magagaling lang sa buladas yan akala namin matitino ang gagaling mambola sa bayan pero ano nangyari sa impeachment kay SC Chief justice Renato Corona? Na shock ang taumbayan bumoto sila para iimpeached ang matino,matalino, magaling at di kawatan na si Corona inimpeached nila…. Oh my gulay! na mga senatong to!

    • observer1356

       wahahahahhaha!!!! saan ka nanggaling??? na-shock ba ang taumbayan, o na shock ka?

  • Latigo

    Sana tumakbo si Gloria,no.1 senator sigurado siya, Magsaysay no.2 (yung babaeng Magsaysay), Atienza for Mayor of Manila.Bongbong Marcos for President sa 2016.

    • pasaway008ako

      Para magkakaroon na naman ng ‘martial law’ ang pilipinas kong mahal kay bongbong marcos.

  • allandel

    akala ko maganda na ang line-up pero ipinasok si loren, jamby, biazon. kaya ayun, ibo-boycott ko na lang ang eleksyon.

  • Manny's Fan

    Am for Chiz. I know he will be in the LP Senate Slate.

  • pasaway008ako

    Kung gusto ninyo ng kaunlaran tungo sa daan na matuwid, ibuto ang LP Party!

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