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LA TRINIDAD - Candidates for the senatorial slate of the Liberal Party are now down to 20 as the ruling party keeps its policy of not accepting politicians allied with former President Gloria Arroyo.
According to Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, Liberal Party spokesman, the slate will likely be firmed up by July.
Asked if the party is willing to accept senatorial candidates allied with Arroyo, Tañada said, "that is out of the question."
Tañada said he is one of those being considered for the 12-man senatorial ticket of the ruling party.
Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon is not yet a shoo-in for the Liberal Party ticket as his father, former Senator Rodolfo Biazon, is also being considered.
Tañada said the party is still open to accepting Senator Koko Pimentel if the latter decides to leave the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Among those whom President Benigno Aquino III said will comprise the senatorial ticket are Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, and former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros.
Aquino will lead today the mass oathtaking of some 300 new members of the Liberal Party in the Cordillera Administrative Region here in Benguet.
He will be joined by Liberal Party president, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II, and executive vice president, Interior chief Jesse Robredo.
At least 50 percent of the municipal mayors in CAR are members of the ruling party.