MANILA, Philippines - Some of the members of the Cabinet have expressed uncertainties in running for senator in 2013 and would rather leave their fate to their boss.
In an interview with ANC, Budget Secretary and Liberal Party stalwart Florencio Abad Jr. said Transport Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Presidential Adviser on Environmental Concerns Neric Acosta may no longer be interested in running for senator.
Abad said Roxas may choose to remain as transport secretary.
Roxas still has a pending electoral protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Running for an elective post would mean dropping his protest.
“He's also adviser of the president in matters political…I think that's what holding back Secretary Roxas from making any decision,” Abad said.
Acosta also expressed reservation because of what his current job requires of him.
In a separate interview also with ANC, Acosta said: “Sec. Abad is correct, I’ve expressed some reservations early on...We have to really talk about it at more depth with party leaders and president...If the pres[ident] thinks any of us can serve him best whether in [executive] office or Senate…we of course leave it to the president.”
The other names floated for the Liberal Party ticket are:
Former Senator Jamby Madrigal
Sen. Francis Escudero
Sen. Koko Pimentel
Sen Antonio Trillanes
Sen Alan Peter Cayetano
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
Customs deputy commissioner Danny Lim
former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros
Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva
House deputy speaker Erin Tañada
House prosecution spokesman Sonny Angara.
A slot has also been reserved for Rep. Rodolfo Biazon or his son, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.