Sara says Robin Padilla is 12th on lineup, but Bongbong says no
Updated @ 1:22 a.m.,, Feb. 17, 2022
MANILA, Philippines — So is Robin Padilla the 12th bet in the Marcos-Duterte senatorial slate?
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the tandem’s vice presidential candidate, announced that the actor was on the lineup on Wednesday night at a grand rally at the Paoay Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte.
But after the rally, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said no — the Padilla was not on the lineup.
“First of all, about our senators who are with us on the UniTeam: We already have twelve on this day,” Duterte-Carpio said in Filipino before reading the names of the candidates on their slate.
However, there seemed to be some confusion within the Marcos-Duterte team.
After the rally, Marcos said that Padilla was “not in the twelve but is part of the group.”
Padilla himself said in Filipino: “With Ma’am Sara, I’m really under her.”
[Original statement: “‘Yung sa amin ni Ma’am Sara, talagang ako’y nasa ilalim niya.”]
Earlier in the day, the tandem had a motorcade through several towns in Ilocos Norte, a Marcos bailiwick.
Padilla, known as an ally of the Duterte family, was previously included in Duterte-Carpio’s list of “friends.”
Here are the other candidates on the senatorial slate of Marcos-Duterte tandem — also called the “UniTeam”:
- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
- Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
- House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta
- Larry Gadon
- House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda
- Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
- Former Public Works Secretary Mark Villar
- Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque
- Former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro
- Former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista
- Former Sen. Gringo Honasan
“Why UniTeam? Because we want to a give a face to the saying: ‘In unity, there is strength’,” Duterte-Carpio said in Filipino.
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