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PDP ready to add Bong Go, Bam to 2019 Senate slate – Pimentel

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by: Xave Gregorio

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and even opposition Senator Bam Aquino are welcome to join the 2019 Senate slate of ruling party PDP-Laban, Senate President Koko Pimentel said.

Pimentel said PDP-Laban is open to adding Go, who is the party’s auditor, to its senatorial lineup for the 2019 elections.

“Nasa kanya na lang po ‘yun if he is really interested, but the party is ready,” said Pimentel, PDP‘s president.

This came as several government officials, including some Cabinet members, launched a movement to push Go to run for senator.

Pimentel said even Aquino is welcome to jump in PDP’s 2019 Senate slate, noting the “roots” of the party.

PDP-Laban is a merger between Partido Demokratiko Pilipino of Pimentel’s father Nene and Lakas ng Bayan of Aquino’s uncle Ninoy, which became the largest opposition against former President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 Snap Elections.

Pimentel also opened the door for re-electionist senators to join PDP’s Senate slate, reversing House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stance banning politikos from joining the slate unless they are party members.

“Kung pwede, pwede lahat sila. Pero ongoing ang usapan ‘di ko na lang muna sasabihin,” Pimentel said.

Senator JV Ejercito in a radio interview over the weekend said they are in talks with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s newly established party Hugpong ng Pagbabago to be fielded as adopted senatorial candidates.

Ejercito had been vocal in his wish for re-electionist senators loyal to the administration to be included as guest candidates of PDP-Laban in its senatorial lineup, and also said he had developed a distaste for the ruling party after it chose his political rivals as officers in his bailiwick.

Pimentel said the current Senate slate of the ruling party contains 20 names, but did not disclose who they are.

Despite being close with President Rodrigo Duterte, Pimentel said Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is not included in PDP’s senatorial slate.

“Wala siya sa list kasi di naman sya party members,” Pimentel said of Marcos, who has recently came out in the open on her senatorial ambition.