Go, 7 others eye Senate seats; LP to field Roxas?

October 04, 2018
Bong Go

NO power vacuum in the Executive branch.

So Malacañang assured as it is  confident that no power vacuum will happen in the Executive branch even as eight Cabinet members were expected to quit their posts to run in the 2019 elections.

Reports bared that  Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, outgoing Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Tesda Chief Guiling Mamondiong and Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o would possibly run for next year’s election.

“Wala pong epekto because there’s always a rule. When there’s no secretary, there’s always an OIC appointed, so there will never be a vacuum in any Cabinet position,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

“Ang sinasabi ko lang, hindi naman po problema ‘yan. For every vacancy, there’s a hundred applicants. So wala pong problema ang mga kapalit,” he added.

The Palace official said President Rodrigo Duterte would not have a shortage of officials to appoint.

“The President will not run out of appointees. For every Cabinet officials that leaves, there’s probably a hundred people interested in one post,” he said.

“So there will not be a shortage of individuals to fill in the slots, or the vacancies to be vacated by Cabinet members seeking public office,” he said.

Meanwhile, the opposition Liberal Party may also not complete the 12 man lineup for senators in the coming elections citing putting priority to quality candidates.

LP President and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said they are set to announce their senatorial line-up on October 9.

“We’re looking at ensuring na ‘yung resources natin ay mabibigyan talaga ng prayoridad ‘yung quality candidates, so it may not necessarily be a full slate,” Pangilinan said.

The senator said their shortlist is now down to 15 from the former number of 18 possible candidates.

So far, LP has bared only three senatorial bets — Senator Bam Aquino, former Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, and De La Salle University College of Law Dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno.

Also being considered are Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Senator Mar Roxas, former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, and former Akbayan party-list Representative Barry Gutierrez.

LP also considered former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as well as celebrities Dingdong Dantes and Agot Isidro, but the three had already thumbed down possible candidacy in next year’s elections.

The LP candidates are set to sign a pledge and commitment on their stand against extra-judicial killings and other issues that confronts the country.

“We are still finalizing it but definitely this will be issue based, human rights, defending our democracy, commitment to the upliftment of our citizen sa usapin ng inflation, sa walang tigil na pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin, pa’nu tutugunan ang TRAIN, paano pababain ang presyo ng bilihin, oposisyon sa TRAIN Law at posisyon sa pagsuspend ng excise tax sa gasoline,” Pangilinan explained.

LP is also open to alliances with other political and civil society groups.  Among these are Akbayan, Magdalo, Aksyon Demokratiko, Kilusang Maralita, and Tindig Pilipinas.