NP announces 8 possible senatoriables

August 15, 2009 9:06 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

KAWIT, Cavite, Aug. 15 — The Nacionalista Party (NP) on Saturday announced eight possible senatoriables for the May 2010 synchronized national and local elections.

Former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, NP spokesman, in a press forum held at the Island Cove Hotel in Binakayan, here, named Senator Pia Cayetano, Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto Guingona III, Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Col. Ariel Querubin, a medal of valor awardee but was implicated in a military stand off; Bayan Myna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, former Sen. Agapito "Butz" Aquino, lawyer Adel Tamano and himself as possible senatorial candidates in next year's poll.

Remulla said the NP would leave four slots vacant for possible coalition with other political parties, including the party's candidate for vice president, which might come from a coalition party.

He said the party also welcomed Sen. Miriam Santiago, who has announced her intention of joining the NP, and the coalition of NP and Santiago's People's Reform Party (PRP).

On the other hand, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano denied reports that the NP is seeking the support of the ruling coalition Lakas-Kampi-Christians, Muslims, Democrats (CMD) to strengthen their chances of winning in the May 2010 elections, saying this was a sign of implosion and organization insecurity on the part of some Lakas-Kampi party officials.

"Sowing intrigues is a sign of implosion and organizational insecurity," he said.

Cayetano said the reported statement of some officials of the administration party was seen "as a move to convince its own members to stay with the party and stop the continuous exodus to NP."

"We understand that Lakas-Kampi-CMD needs to bolster its relevance because of the absence of a strong presidential candidate among its ranks. Since no member of the ruling coalition have been in the winning column of all presidential surveys done thus far, Lakas-Kampi-CMD has now taken to sowing intrigue as its main campaign weapon," he said.

Instead of being affected, Cayetano said that the NP would continue to build its own machinery for the 2010 presidential elections.

"Showbiz-like intrigues from rival political groups will not, in any way, detract us from the big fight which the NP chooses to participate in," he said. (PNA)



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