PANGASINAN - The tandem of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Saturday revealed their senatorial slate for the May 9, 2016 elections.
Included in their senatorial ticket are former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva, former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) advocate Susan Ople, and TV host-actor Edu Manzano.
Completing the list are Senator Ralph Recto, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
Many of the names in their line-up are also included in the ticket of other tandems.
"Ganun yata talaga ang trend sa eleksyon na ito, nagtatawiran, they cross party lines," Marcos said.
The senatorial candidates are set to be introduced during a youth rally dubbed "The Youth Force Awakens" at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on Sunday.
The Santiago-Marcos tandem is focusing their campaign on the youth and the "Solid North" on the first weekend of the 90-day campaign period.
"The Youth Force Awakens" is a convergence of various youth groups in the country to show support and solidarity to the candidacy of Santiago.
"I call on the youth to help me repair the moral damage on our nation," said Santiago.
According to Santiago, her youth volunteers have worked hard to organize the event to help her win in the May 2016 polls.
Marcos today campaigned in the vote-rich province of Pangasinan for the second consecutive day. This is also the fifth day of the Santiago-Marcos tandem to campaign in Ilocandia, starting in Batac and Laoag, Ilocos Norte Tuesday where they held their proclamation rally.
Marcos said the Pangasinan vote is crucial to their campaign strategy of reviving the "Solid North."
"I think I can report that the so-called 'Solid North' is still very much alive and very solid," he said after going around various towns including Pozzorubio, Manaoag, San Jacinto, San Fabian and Mangaldan.
In Dagupan early Saturday, Marcos met privately with Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. No media was allowed to cover the meeting that lasted for about half an hour.
Marcos said it was a cordial meeting but had nothing to do with politics. "We talked about my family but we did not talk about politics," he said.
The senator also motored around towns of Dagupan City, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, San Carlos City and Rosales.
Marcos claims in Pangasinan, political leaders from opposing camps are willing to cross party lines to support his vice presidential bid. He mentioned that both gubernatorial candidates Amado Espino Jr. and Mark Cojuangco have both declared their support for his candidacy.