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Duterte has final say on PDP-Laban senatorial bets, says Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will have the final say on the ruling PDP-Laban’s senatorial lineup for the 2019 midterm elections, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for next year’s polls is scheduled on October 11 to 17.

“At the end of the day… si Presidente pa rin ang masusunod. Ang partido naman, PDP-Laban ay nabanggit ko mayroon silang sariling lineup nila, pero iyong priority pa rin kung sinong pipiliin ni Presidente na tatakbo dito sa PDP-Laban kasama iyong coalition ng PDP-Laban,” Andanar said in interview on dzMM Saturday.

“Mayroon silang coalition doon sa Nacionalista Party, at sa—iyon nga kino-consider din iyong mga tinataas ng kamay ng Partidong Hugpong. I’m sorry Hugpong (ng Pagbabago),” he added.

Andanar cited primary considerations for inclusion in the senatorial lineup slate of the ruling party.

“Siyempre kino-consider ng PDP-Laban although I’m not a member of PDP-Laban. Ang kino-consider nila iyong coalition at kung ano iyong mga napag-uusapan sa Malacañang. Kung sino iyong mga kakampi natin sa pulitika – iyon ang consideration,” the PCOO chief said.

“Tapos sa PDP Laban I think, winnability is sa consideration and nabanggit ni Senator Koko, Mon na kailangan sang-ayon siya sa pederalismo,” Andanar said.