• Poe’s Senate bets known Monday

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    The camp of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero will reveal its senatorial lineup on Monday at Club Filipino in San Juan City.

    Poe, who endorsed the Senate bid of Lorna Kapunan on Friday, said they had to postpone the announcement of their Senate slate in deference to those who suffered because of Typhoon Lando.

    “It’s a unified line-up. What is important is not the party, but what the candidate can contribute to help our people,” Poe said.

    “We can’t do it by limiting the slot to a political party; looking at the field separating allies or enemies. We are after the skill,” she added.

    Aside from Kapunan, those expected to make it to the Poe-Escudero team’s Senate slate are Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, former Senators Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri, as well as administration Senate bet Ralph Recto.

    Completing the list are Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Amina Rasul, Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Domagoso aka Isko Moreno and former Optical Media Board Chair Edu Manzano.

    ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, a mem¬ber of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), was also reported to be in the slot.

    Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Ro¬mual¬dez, the President of Lakas-CMD, was dropped from the list.

    Lakas-CMD is the political party of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, who defeated Poe’s father Fernando Poe Jr. in the fraud-marred 2004 polls.

    Marikina City Rep. Romero Quimbo, the spokesperson of the ruling Liberal Party, earlier said the administration’s Senate bets can be endorsed by other parties.

    “If those outside of the coalition will endorse them [administration candidates]to strengthen their bid, it’s fine with us. But they can’t endorse other Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates other than our bets,” Quimbo told reporters.

    “We have discussed that and we agreed that we can’t prevent others from embracing and throwing support to our candidates, but our Senate candidates should only campaign for and share the campaign stage with Presidential candidate [Manuel] Roxas and Vice Presidential candidate/Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. ‘Yan ang mabigat na tagubilin (That’s the stern instruction). We expect everybody to be together,” Quimbo added.

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