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Crazy, rich candidate? LP not closing doors on Kris Aquino joining senatorial ticket

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Will Kris Aquino run for senator in 2019?

Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s reply when asked on Aquino’s plans showed that the Liberal Party has left the door open for the sister of former President Noy Aquino to join its wide open senatorial ticket.

In an interview with DZRH radio, Pangilinan was asked: “Kris Aquino, kinoconsider nyong tumakbong Senador?”

“Hindi po nababanggit ang kanyang pangalan sa ngayon sa proseso natin,” said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said the LP search committee led by Vice President Leni Robredo has so far come up with 18 names for the 12 slots on its tickets.

“Iyan ang dinedebate ngayon. 18 ang pangalan. Whether we will fill out the 12 or not depende rin, kasi mayroong factor ng: Siya ba ay naninindigan sa issue laban sa EJK (extra judicial killings)? Siya ba ay naninindigan sa issue sa West Philippine Sea sovereignty issue? So isa yan,” said Pangilinan.

“Pangalawang factor ay ang winnability syempre, so track record, winnability, among others. So maaaring bumaba pa ‘yan. But we now have around anywhere between 16 to 18 names,” he added.

Pangilinan refused to name those on the shortlist so far except for those who have been announced previously: Senator Bam Aquino, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former congressman Erin Tañada, , former Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, actres Agot Isidro, and abogado Chel Diokno.

“Hindi pa po allowed ang pagrelease ng kanilang mga pangalan. But sa darating na mga araw, stand by lang. Marami po tayong pinagpipilian, pero in the end, winnability and track record ang ating magiging basehan,” he said.