Celebrities Dingdong Dantes, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista are just three of the 19 personalities being considered by the Liberal Party to be part of its senatorial lineup for the 2016 elections.
Others being considered for the administration senatorial ticket, Erice said, are reelectionists Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senators Ralph Recto, Teofisto Guingona III and Sergio Osmeña III; and former senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan.
Also on the list are Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla; Joel Villanueva, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Francis Tolentino, chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. Director Risa Hontiveros.
Administration allies Representatives Roman Romulo of Pasig City, Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro, Lino Cayetano of Taguig, Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur and Mark Villar of Las Piñas are likewise included in the LP’s shortlist of candidates to fill the 12 seats that will be vacated in the Senate next year.
Erice said the LP’s senatorial lineup would be finalized after the party’s announcement of its candidates for president and vice president in June, and after negotiations with coalition partners are formalized. The ruling party plans to form a coalition with the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nacionalista Party, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, National Unity Party and Akbayan Citizens Action Party.
“We hope to announce our choice for our presidential candidate before the end of June. We hope to start formal talks with our allies from July to September. It will all start with our choice for president,” Erice told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview.