Marcos son, coup leader among NP's possible senatorial bets


Posted at Aug 15 2009 04:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2009 12:33 AM

The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a detained Marine official are two of the eight probable members of Nacionalista Party's (NP) senatorial ticket, a party spokesman said Saturday.

Former Cavite congressman Gilbert Remulla, NP spokesman, said Ilocos Norte 2nd Rep. Ferdinand "Bong-Bong" Marcos Jr. and Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, one of the leaders of the botched February 2006 military coup, are being considered for the NP senatorial lineup for the May 2010 national elections.

NP president and presidential candidate, Senator Manuel Villar, had bared that sure members of the NP ticket are lawyer Adel Tamano and Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III.

Remulla said the other possible members of the NP lineup are Senator Pia Cayetano, Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, and former senator and congressman Butch Aquino.

The NP spokesman said he might also run under the NP ticket, but admitted that he would have to deeply "discern" about his next political move.

"Isinasama tayo sa lineup for senator. Kung ito ay maibibigay sa akin when I do get to discern what is proper, [but] definitely handa rin po tayong lumaban," Remulla said.

Remulla said the final list of the NP's senatorial ticket will be announced after the party's national convention, which may happen soon before the deadline of the filing for candidacy in November.

He said the party's national ticket, from president down to the municipal level, will be decided upon during the national convention.

The party spokesman said the NP will endorse only 8 senatorial candidates due to plans of forming an alliance with an opposition political party. -- report from Rod Macenas, ABS-CBN News