Liberal Party to consider fielding guest candidates in 2019 polls


Posted at Oct 09 2018 08:53 PM

(L-R) Liberal Party senatorial candidates Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, reelectionist Bam Aquino, and Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada during the Partido Liberal National Executive Council (NECO) meeting at the Barangay Loyola Heights multi-purpose hall in Quezon City, September 25, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The opposition Liberal Party (LP) will consider fielding guest candidates in the 2019 midterm elections, one of its senatorial bets said Tuesday. 

Lorenzo "Erin" Tañada III said the party has yet to decide whether or not it would field a full 12-man ticket for next year's polls.

His statement comes just a few days before the filing of the certificate of candidacy for the mid-term elections begins.

"It will be considered by the leadership. It depends on the leadership if it feels that it will help the party," he told ANC's "Beyond Politics."

"But at least now, for the branding, ito 'yung oposisyon (this is the opposition)," he added.

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A former deputy speaker and a 3-time representative of Quezon (4th district), Tañada said the LP is confident that its candidates could snatch Senate seats in the 2019 elections.

"We believe that the Liberal Party has a good chance of getting seats among the 12," he said.

"LP wants to preserve the institution of independence, critical thinking, of trying to solve problems that have been plaguing Philippine society for a while," he added.

The LP last month introduced its first 3 senatorial bets namely Tañada, reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino IV, and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno.

"These are people who stand on principles and would not waiver in what they believe in. I think that's what we bring to the table," Tañada said.

The 3 LP candidates, however, were not among the top 12 preferred senatorial bets in a Pulse Asia survey released last month.