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President Rodrigo Duterte has started to assemble the administration’s senatorial slate more than a year before the 2022 elections.

Politiko learned that Duterte wants Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo to run for senator.

Duterte’s rumored senatorial dreams for Panelo, a source said, is the reason why the abogado has his own program, “Counterpoint,” airing on state-run PTV-4.

Other politikos whom Duterte reportedly want to run for senator include Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

Duterte’s endorsement power is seen to benefit the administration candidates, as his popularity remains high among Filipinos despite the pandemic.

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