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Robredo endorsed 11 senatorial candidates — including those who have criticized her in the past — incumbent lawmakers, lawyers, and a veteran politician.

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto on Friday named 14 senatorial candidates that his tandem with Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson will endorse in the 2022 May Elections.

The list is two more than the 12 slots being contested. It can grow to 15, the lawmaker stated.

Sotto said his tandem with Lacson will support six senatorial bets from the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition, three from Partido Reporma, and five other candidates from various political groups.

“Help us in endorsing the candidacies of our friends. We assure you that they will be a big help for our country, for the Filipino people, and the Senate,” he said in a press statement.

Among those endorsed by the Lacson-Sotto are Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, former Senator JV Ejercito, former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Dr. Minguita Padilla, Olympian and former Makati Representative Monsour del Rosario, and media practitioner Paolo Capino.

Also included are Senators Migs Zubiri, and Joel Villanueva, Richard Gordon, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and former Information and Communications Secretary Gringo Honasan.

Lacson earlier hinted that a surprise candidate will be named on the deadline of the period for filing of substitution on 15 November.

On Thursday, the Lacson-Sotto tandem said it is considering a 15-man team senatorial lineup.

Pacquiao’s ticket
Meanwhile, presidential aspirant and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao also bared a 10-man senatorial ticket in the next year’s elections.

Pacquiao said he will carry the candidacies of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, labor leader Elmer Labog, Human rights advocate Neri Colmenares and former Gov. Lutgardo Barbo.

Zubiri, Escudero, Binay, Villanueva, Legarda, and Gordon, meanwhile, will serve as his guest candidates.

Asked about the two names to complete his slate, the lawmaker said that he is currently in talks with five senatorial bets and is mulling on who to choose.

Pacquiao is running for President alongside House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza under the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) party.

Opposition’s team
The opposition’s standard-bearer Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, also disclosed their list of candidates.

Robredo endorsed 11 senatorial candidates — including those who have criticized her in the past — incumbent lawmakers, lawyers, and a veteran politician.

The lineup includes detained Senator Leila de Lima, former Senator Sonny Trillanes, human rights defender Chel Diokno, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and former Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat.

Robredo also named five guest candidates in her senatorial slate such as Alex Lacson of Kapatiran Party, Gordon, Zubiri, Villanueva, Escudero, and Binay.

She admitted that their tandem’s senatorial slate might surprise her supporters but she said this is her way to show that she is genuine in unifying the nation.

“This is just consistent (with) what we have been pushing for a very long time already even during the time that I wasn’t a candidate yet and I wasn’t planning to run yet for the presidency,” Robredo said.

“This is already part of what we are working on — to unify as many people as possible coming from diverse backgrounds, not just in politics but also in beliefs,” she added.

Among the possible candidates to complete the opposition’s senatorial slate are Colmenares and Sonny Matula of the Nagkaisa and the Federation of Free Workers.

with Jomelle Garner

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