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UNA: Recto, Gordon and Zubiri to join Pacquiao in possible senatorial slate

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 02:27 PM May 22, 2014

Ralph Recto, Richard Gordon and Miguel Zubiri INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines— Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, an administration  ally,  is one  of those  being  considered  by  the  United  Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to  be included in its senatorial slate in  2016,  Senator  Joseph   Victor  “JV” Ejercito  said  on Thursday.

“We will invite Senator Ralph Recto if he likes to join us,”  said Ejercito,  who belongs to UNA.

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Aside from Recto,  Ejercito  said  UNA’s  short list of possible senatorial bets in the next elections are incumbent Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III, Valenzuela  Representative Sherwin Gatchalian and Navotas  Representative  Tobias “Toby”  Tiango .

“Probably Toby if he likes but he doesn’t like,”  Ejercito told  reporters after  a weekly forum in the Senate on Thursday.

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Former senators Richard Gordon and  Juan Miguel Zubiri, who both ran but lost during the  last elections, may still be considered in UNA’s senatorial ticket.

“I think he (Zubiri) has a good chance kaya lang parang na-trauma na, but I think he has a good chance based on his latest survey (showing),”  he said.

UNA had earlier named   boxing icon and  Saranggani Representative  Manny Pacquiao as one of its bets for a seat in the Senate in 2016

Ejercito, meanwhile,  doubts  whether the party’s  vice presidential bet would come  from  its own  group, as he expected a possible merger with other  political groups.

Since Vice President Jejomar  Binay, one of UNA’s leaders had openly declared his intention to run for  president in 2016,  Ejercito expects  that  a party  that would coalesce  with the group  would “demand” to have  the  vice presidential  post.

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