By Mario Casayuran
Opposition Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said on Monday that unseated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is welcome to join the Liberal Party (LP) senatorial slate for the mid-term 2019 national elections.
“If she wants to run, she should join in our slate but I haven’t really talked to her about it,’’ Aquino said in a TV interview.
Aquino admitted that there is still no firm resistance from the political opposition shaping up.
He, however, said he would make public the list of opposition bets ‘’as soon as there are new names.’’
Deadline for the filing of senatorial candidacies is in October.
‘’Everyday there are more people saying that we need more people to be independent, to speak out on policies which are not good for the country, kailangan ng maraming tao na magsasalita (there should b e more people speaking
out) and hopefully some of these people will end up in our opposition slate,’’ he added.
On the chances of outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales joining the LP senatorial slate, Aquino shot back: “Why not?’’
“Alam mo kung mayroon kang mga tao na handang tumutol, handang magsalita, handang maging independent, palagay ko all of them will be good members of the opposition slate, kailangan namin iyon,’’ he explained. (We know there are people who speak out against government policies, ready to become independent. I think all of them would be good members of the opposition slate. We need such people.)
On movie actress Agot Isidro joining the party, Aquino said Sen. Francis Pangilinan, LP president, is the one talking to her.
“I’m not really involved in drafting any of the people in the Senate slate so naririnig ko rin iyan (but I only heard about it). But again I’ll go back to this, at a time when most everyone wants to remain quiet, karamihan gusto na
lang tumahimik, karamihan natatakot magsalita, kailangan mo ng mga tao na handang tumindig, tumutol, at magsalita para sa taumbayan (As the majority like to remain quiet, many are afraid to talk, we need people who are ready to stand up against the administration to benefit the people.)
‘’Hopefully these will be the individuals that we will find in the opposition slate,’’ he added.