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Ayaw maipit! Aquino-Marcos feud may push NP to drop Imee, Bam as Senate bets

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By Xave Gregorio

The decades-long feud between the Marcos and Aquino families may cost two of their clan members the backing of a major political party for the 2019 polls.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Saturday (October 6) over radio dwIZ that the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) may opt not to endorse the senatorial bids of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos to “avoid getting caught in the middle.”

“May problema kami doon, let’s say Imee and Bam. Medyo may problema kami, so baka, baka lang ha, baka iwasan na namin pareho para ‘di na kami maipit,” said Sotto, NPC’s senior counci leader.

Sotto earlier told Senate reporters that some NPC members are pushing Imee, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and Bam, nephew of former President Cory Aquino and cousin of NPC chair Danding Cojuangco, to be included in the party’s senatorial lineup for the May 2019 elections.

Cory was installed president after the ouster of Ferdinand through the 1986 People Power uprising.

Sotto also said then that Imee and Bam may find themselves on the same stage in campaign sorties.

However, even if the NPC pushes through with its endorsement of Imee and Bam, the likelihood of them sharing the stage is slim, as Liberal Party President Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has barred opposition bets from joining campaigns of other tickets they are part of.

Previously, Imee and Bam have traded barbs over the former’s appeal to Filipinos to move on from her father’s brutal martial rule, marred by thousands of human rights abuses and rampant looting of government coffers.

While the inclusion of the two politikos from warring clans hangs in the balance, Sotto said the NPC would definitely back Senators Nancy Binay and Grace Poe, Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

NPC is also looking to back feuding half-siblings Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Sotto said.