Initial PDP-Laban senatorial line up bared

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 123rd Philippine Independence Day celebration themed "Kalayaan 2021: Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan" at the Bulacan Capitol Grounds in Malolos City, Bulacan on June 12, 2021. SIMEON CELI/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

An official of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has bared the party’s initial list of senatorial candidates for 2022.

In a television interview, PDP-Laban Vice President for the Visayas and Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said the initial list was discussed by party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte with a number of party leaders, including him.

He identified those who made up the initial list as:

– Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos

– Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar

– Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Greco Belgica

– Department of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

– Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II

– Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

– Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

– Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

– Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

– Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

The initial list only has 10 names, and dominant political parties usually field at 12 senatorial candidates during a national polls. The generation of the list came after the ruling party elected a new set of officers over the weekend in Clark, Pampanga. Among the major changes made was the election of erstwhile PDP-Laban vice chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as president, replacing Senator Manny Pacquiao.

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