Duterte senatorial 'dream team' bared
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - October 8, 2015 - 9:48pm

MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared that he will not seek the presidency in 2016 but his camp released a list of his senatorial "dream team."

According to a report, former North Cotabato Gov. Emmanuel Piñol, one of Duterte's allies, released the list on Wednesday.

Duterte's initial list of senatorial candidates that will compose his dream team includes the following:

  • former Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson
  • Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno
  • Sen. Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III
  • boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao
  • ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao
  • Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez
  • Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar
  • former Sen. Miguel "Migz" Zubiri

Piñol said that Duterte is yet to consult PDP Laban head Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on the inclusion of Zubiri in his list.

Duterte has also committed to support Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo who later on decided not to run as senator, according to a report.

The eight senatorial candidates included in Duterte's dream team will run as independent or under a party outside PDP Laban but will be included in the Davao City mayor's lineup as guest candidates.

The Duterte camp prefers a "lean" Senate slate due to financial limitations.

"We have no money to give to those who are running for the Senate. They will have to finance their own campaign. But they will gain a lot of votes from Duterte's die-hard supporters," Piñol said.

The Duterte camp explained that Osmeña, Lacson, Pacquiao and Zubiri are considered "sure winners" in the Senate race while Moreno, Villar, Romualdez and Pagdilao are expected to perform well.

In his Tuesday night meeting with close friends and advisers, Duterte stressed that he would only support those who also believe in his advocacies against crime, corruption and drugs.

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