MANILA - The once-ruling Liberal Party has been in talks with various sectors in a bid to form a senatorial ticket made up of "genuine opposition" for the 2019 elections, stalwart and Senator Bam Aquino said Thursday.
Aquino declined to name LP's potential senatorial bets, but said representatives from non-governmental groups and religious groups will be in the ticket.
“Marami hong pag-uusap. Ayaw ko pong pangunahan pero magugulat ka kasi hindi ito ang tradisyunal na pangalan. May mga pangalan po mula sa iba-ibang sektor, mula po sa mga NGO, mula simbahan," Aquino told reporters.
(There have been talks. I do not want to get ahead of the announcement, but you'll be surprised because these are not traditional names. There are names from various sectors, from NGOs, from the church.)
"Ang mahalaga po, lahat ng mga nag-iisip na kailangan pa rin ng oposisyon sa ating bansa, 'yun dapat ang magsama-sama. Kahit sabihin na natin in the past, hindi po magkakaibigan, hindi po magkakapartido, ngayon po siguro ang panahon na kailangan ho tayo magtulungan at magsama-sama,” he added.
(What matters is that everyone who thinks the country should still have an opposition bloc should get together. Even if in the past, we have not been friends or party mates, perhaps now is the time that we help each other and unite.)
Aquino himself is up for re-election in 2019.
The ruling PDP-Laban party has yet to bare its Senate ticket.
But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the party's secretary-general, said PDP-Laban was eyeing Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque to be its senatorial candidates.
Also being considered were Karlo Nograles, Geraldine Roman, and Albee Benitez, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino.
With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News