NPC senatorial slate may drop Bam, Imee — Sotto

Published October 6, 2018, 6:44 PM

by Roel Tibay


By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Torn between their feuding families, the National People’s Coalition (NPC) might have to drop both Sen. Paolo “Bam” Aquino and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in its list of senatorial candidates to support for next year’s polls.

Senator Vicente Sotto III (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Vicente Sotto III
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senate President Vicente Sotto III confessed this Saturday in a radio interview when asked about the party’s senatorial slate for the May, 2019 elections.

Sotto, a senior council leader at the NPC, said that while the party has already finalized some names in their list, leaders are still mulling on the inclusion of Aquino and Marcos in their slate as guest candidates.

While they belong to different political parties, Sotto said the two are “friends” of the NPC.

But noting their families’ history, the Senate chief said the party might decide to get its hands off Aquino and Marcos’ senatorial bid.

The NPC has so far listed eight names to campaign for the 2019 polls.

Interestingly, it included estranged brothers Sen. JV Ejercito and former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

Ejercito has decided to seek reelection under the NPC banner, moving from his father’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) in which Estrada is a member.

Ejercito will take his oath as NPC member either Tuesday or Thursday, Sotto said.

Aside from Ejercito and Estrada, the NPC also listed Senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, former Sen. Lito Lapid, special assistant to the President Christopher Go, and Bureau of Corrections chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa in their 2019 slate.