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Robredo, Lacson, Pacquiao bare senatorial tickets

15 October 2021

By The SUN 

Robredo now has 5 permanent, 6 guest candidates as senators

Presidential candidates Leni Robredo, Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao today announced their respective senatorial slates, in a race where their parties share common candidates.

Vice President Robredo announced six guest candidates who will join her five earlier picks. She added that the last candidate will be chosen from among four or five frontrunners, and should represent a marginalized sector.

Her guest candidates are former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Joel Villanueva and Richard Gordon, and former Sen. and present Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero and Alex Lacson of Kapatiran.

Noticeably absent was former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, who was a convenor of 1Sambayan which endorsed Robredo's candidacy. His omission from the list led to  #WeWantNeri to emerge as a top trending topic on Twitter.

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Earlier, Robredo announced the official candidates of the Liberal Party: Senators Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno and Former Representative Teddy Baguilat.

In a press conference with her vice presidential candidate Sen Kiko Pangilinan and retiring Sen. Franklin Drilon, who served as her adviser, Robredo said: "Mga kinatawan sila ng mas malawakang puwersang handang tumindig para isulong ang bago, matino, at makataong pamamahala, mula sa tuktok ng pamahalaan hanggang sa bawat sulok ng burukrasya.”

(They represent a broader force that is willing to stand with us in pursuing a new, trustworthy and people-centered administration, from the top echelons of government and throughout the entire bureaucracy)


What emerged was that her slate shares candidates with the tickets announced by fellow presidentiables Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao.

5 of Robredo's senatorial candidates are also in Lacson's ticket

Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the 15-candidate slate they will endorse during the campaign will also have Escudero, Villanueva, Zubiri, Binay and Gordon.

Lacson’s other choices were: Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, former Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, , former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Dr. Minguita Padilla, Former Makati Rep. Monsour del Rosario, Powee Capino and Information and Communications Secretary Greg Honasan.


“Ang initial plan namin is to adopt all 14 and we are only adopting them and we will campaign because we feel that they are the ones qualified to go to be elected as senators of the republic,” said Lacson, who is running under the coalition of Partido Reporma and the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

In addition to the 14 senatoriables, Sotto said they will also endorse a “surprise candidate.”

Pacquiao's line-up includes the same guest candidates as Lacson

Pacquiao’s bets also included Escudero, Villanueva, Zubiri, Binay and Gordon.

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His other candidates  are: Raffy Tulfo, Loren Legarda, Lutgardo Barbo , Elmer Labog and Neri Colmenares.

Pacquiao said: “Yung ibang mga kandidato gusto maging guest candidate eh open tayo,” he said. 

He is running with former Manila mayor and current Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza. 

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The first senatorial ticket to be announced was that of the PDP-Laban faction. led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and whose registered candidate is Sen. Bato dela Rosa.

Its initial Senate slate announced last Sept. 8, included Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica and House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta.

Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos is expected to announce his senatorial choices shortly.

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