Van Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said his party, the National People's Coalition (NPC), was already preparing its own list of Senatorial candidates for the May 2019 elections.
Sotto, in a series of text messages to reporters Wednesday, said the NPC will soon release its lineup for the senatorial race in the 2019 polls.
He said the party is currently considering 15 personalities, including Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito and Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III.
The NPC shortlist, he said, may also include Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, Office of Corrections chief General Ronald dela Rosa and Special Assistant of President Christopher Go.
Former lawmakers Lito Lapid and Jinggoy Estrada were also considered.
Sotto refused to disclose the identity of four remaining possible candidates, saying that he was not authorized to name them. Some of the names mentioned, he added, could decide not to go to a Senate seat.
Sotto clarified that the NPC leadership is still working on finalizing their list. "The line-up I mentioned will be finalized, which are the current names that our party is considering … There are talks going on," he said.
The candidates named by Sotto also included it in the list of the ruling Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan & # 39; s (PDP-Laban) possible senatorial slate in the 2019 elections.
Pimentel, PDP-Laban president, previously wrote to President Duterte to review the shortlist of 24 names.
Sotto, on the other hand, said the NPC will remain an "independent third power" despite being in alliance with the Duterte government.