By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Ten senatorial candidates have the backing of Senate President Vicente Sotto III for this year’s midterm elections.
Sotto on Friday confirmed having submitted to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) his personal line-up for the May 13 senatorial race.
In the list were reelectionist Senators Grace Poe and Joseph Victor Ejercito; and former Sen. Lito Lapid, who are Sotto’s partymates in the NPC.
Other reelectionists were also included: Sens. Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Paolo “Bam” Aquino. The Senate chief has since been expressing his support for the seven reelectionist senators, regardless of their political affiliations.
Also in Sotto’s line-up were Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, and former special assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.
Sotto said he is mulling on who will complete his personal “Magic 12” slate.
Last week, Sotto said the NPC is still preparing its own senatorial slate which could include 11 senatorial candidates.
The party’s official slate is expected to be revealed in their general meeting when they will be inviting “some senatorial candidates,” Sotto had told reporters.