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PNoy, Mar unlikely to campaign for LP coalition in 2019 polls, Pangilinan says

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Former President Benigno Aquino III and former Interior Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II are not expected to take an active participation in the campaign of the opposition senatorial candidates.

Liberal Party (LP) Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday noted the unlikelihood of Aquino and Roxas being visible in next year’s midterm elections.

“He (Aquino) will help. Sabi nya (Aquino) tutulong sya pero hindi pa namin napa-finalize yung detalye. Si Sec. Mar Roxas, ang desisyon nya, sabi nya ay ayaw nyang tumakbo at sabi nya huwag syang isama sa listahan although may mga ibang mga individual at mga grupo na kinukumbinse sya na tumakbo,” he said.

“Wala kaming napag-usapan na role niya (Roxas) sa kampanya. At kay PNoy (Aquino), being a member of the (LP) party, he did not say he will help but I assume in his own little way, sa anumang paraang maari, tutulong sya,” the senator added.

Instead of fielding a full slate, the LP is eyeing of forming a coalition with other opposition parties in forming a senatorial line-up that will be led by re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino.

Pangilinan, said their so-called “Resistance Coalition” will field at least six candidates that include Sen. Bam, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada, FLAG chair Chel Diokno, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and former Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez.

Singer-actress Agot Isidro is still being considered.

“Hindi pa nya napa-finalize ang decision nya at pinag-iisipan pa nya (Isidro). Isa pa nating kinokonsidera sya,” he said.

Pangilinan said there was no talk with either Kris Aquino or broadcaster Korina Sanchez on their possible inclusion in the senatorial line-up.

He admitted that the name of former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay was mentioned and they’re now in the process of meeting and discussing with him the idea of becoming among their senatorial candidates.