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Roque to run for senator under PDP-Laban party – source

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Outgoing Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque will file his certificate of candidacy for senator this coming Monday, October 15.

A reliable source inside the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) told Politiko that the ruling administration party has issued Roque’s certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) which will be used during the filing of his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator.

Roque’s CONA was signed by PDP Laban President and fellow re-electionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, the party vice-chairman.

Another source said Roque is expected to file his COC this Monday.

The flamboyant Presidential Spokesman’s upcoming senatorial bid has been surrounded by ups and downs especially after President Rodrigo Duterte discouraged him from running for senator due to poor chance of victory.

Roque last week was offered to remain in the Duterte cabinet to head the Office of the Press Secretary which will replace the current Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) but the Malacañang official is quite determined to pursue his senatorial ambitions.