DAVAO CITY: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has bared eight names in his senatorial slate for the 2016 national elections.
Duterte named Reps. Martin Romualdez, Manny Pacquiao, Samuel Pagdilao, Roman Romulo, former senators Panfilo Lacson, Miguel Zubiri, former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, and OFW advocate Susan “Toots” Ople as part of his senatorial slate.
He would announce the remaining four on or before December 10.
He, however, noted there were objections from his political party—the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP)-Lakas ng Bayan—in some of the bets in his senatorial slate.
“May objections lang ang PDP, I don’t know lang the dynamics sa leadership,” he said.
The PDP-Laban is among political groups that have been pushing for Duterte’s presidency.
With regards to the reported Duterte-Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. tandem or Duterte- Alan Peter Cayetano tandem who has earlier declared to be running as vice president of the former, Duterte said that he was committed to Cayetano although he had “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude) with the Marcoses.
”Tutulungan ko na lang si Cayetano, for a simple reason that I have committed to him. Sen. Bongbong is also a friend, many years ago my father was a governor of this place for 10 years,” he said.