PNoy proclaims LP-NP-NPC senatorial slate sans Tanada
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MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on Monday proclaimed the senatorial ticket for the 2013 polls of the Liberal Party-led coalition with the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) at the historic Club Filipino without Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III.
As LP chairman, President Aquino appointed Sen. Franklin Drilon as campaign manager of the coalition.
The two major alliances - the LP-led coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) - share several “guest candidates” in their slates, but until Sunday, the “rules” set down by LP have remained unclear, as unnamed party officials were reported to have declared that common candidates are barred from joining any of the UNA sorties.
In a speech before a crowd of around 2,000 leaders and officials of the coalition, Aquino said the 12 candidates were the product of extensive search among those who wanted to enhance the legacy of the coalition for a “tuwid na daan (straight path).”
“Natatangi silang rumesponde sa panawagan na tumulong upang ipagpatuloy at patindihin ang pagtahak sa tuwid na daan. Piniga at sinala sila mula sa 15 kandidato (They have the distinction of having responded to the call to help continue and intensify walking the straight path. They were squeezed and strained from 15 candidates),” Aquino said.
No Tanada, Biazon, Villanueva
Aquino said Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva chose to stay where they are to help the administration pursue its objective of good governance.
“Si Erin ang kumilos upang lumawak ang kasapian ng mga kasama na gustong tumahak sa tuwid na landas (Erin worked to expand the party to include those who want to take the straight path),” Aquino said.
On Biazon, Aquino said the former representative of Muntinlupa is much needed in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) because there are much-needed reforms to be instituted in the agency.
“Matindi ang ating pangangailangan ko sa paglilinis ng BOC, kaya mananatili muna siya doon (The need to clean up the BOC is intense, that’s why he will stay there),” he said.
Aquino also said that Villanueva at Tesda was able to bring down the P2.5-billion debt incurred by the previous administration when it gave away scholarships without allocation from the national government.
“Kaya mas kailangan pa natin si Sec. Villanueva sa ahensiya upang maipagpatuloy ang kanyang tungkulin sa pagpapa-angat ng bilang ng mga mamamayan na nakapag-aral at mabibigyan ng trabaho (Sec. Villanueva is needed more in the agency to continue his duties to raise the number of citizens who can study and get a job),” Aquino said.
The full slate of the LP-led coalition include Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, former Rep. Riza Hontiveros of Akbayan, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara of Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar, Movie and Television Regulatory and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Grace Poe Lamanzares, former Sens. Jamby Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and former TV host and social entrepreneur Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV.
Meanwhile, Legarda has announced that she has decided to join in the campaign sorties of the administration coalition instead of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), where she is also a guest candidate.
Pimentel filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) as soon as the Comelec office opened its door around 8 a.m., Monday morning.
The filing of COCs runs from October 1 to 5.