MANILA, Philippines - Only 10 senatorial have so far made it to the Liberal Party (LP) slate, while rival Nacionalista Party (NP) has come up with so far five candidates for the May 2010 polls.
At press time Friday, the LP and NP had yet to complete their senatorial slates.
The LP slate includes former senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon, who is the LP chair; House incumbents Rozzano Biazon and Teofisto Guingona; former congressman Nereus Acosta; and guest candidates Akbayan party-list member Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Sonia Roco of Aksyon Demokratiko.
Detained Army officer Danilo Lim, who filed his candidacy Friday, said he was running as an independent, but would be an ?adopted? candidate of the LP.
Lim, who is detained on coup charges at the Camp Crame police headquarters, had a contingent of police escorts when he went to the Commission on Elections.
Former senator Sergio Osmeña III has been included in the LP list although he left the party in protest against the inclusion of Recto and filed as an independent.
The tenth slot went to Alex Lacson, author of the book, ?12 Little Things Every Pilipino Can Do to Help Our Country? and founder of the ?Tuloy Pnoy Movement,? who was the one who pushed Aquino to run for president, according to Aquino?s campaign manager, Florencio Abad.
The remaining two slots will go to either Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio, Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca or Grace Poe, the daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr., the movie star who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2004.
The NP has five confirmed senatorial candidates?Sen. Pia Cayetano, lawyer Adel Tamano, Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Susan Ople.
The NP is continuing talks to convince militant party-list members Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza, said NP spokesperson Gilbert Remulla.
Ocampo and Maza opted out of the NP slate after the party went into a coalition with the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and took the latter?s son into the slate.
Sen. Manuel Villar, the NP standard-bearer, remained optimistic that the party can still get the support of the Left.
?Our party is a coalition of different parties. There?s no need to transfer to the Nacionalista Party for as long as our platforms and aspirations for the country are similar,? he said.
Reelectionist senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ramon Revilla have been invited to become guest candidates of the NP.
Remulla, who is himself planning to run for senator, said the NP will have a complete slate.