Ex-DILG chief Alunan banks on possible endorsement from Duterte


Posted at Nov 07 2018 01:00 PM

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Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III is banking on a possible endorsement from President Rodrigo Duterte to help him win the Senate race in 2019.

Alunan, who was part of then-President Fidel Ramos' Cabinet, is part of the Bagumbayan political party. But he is reportedly being considered to be a part of the administration ticket.

"It depends on the president's thinking. He's expected to announce his choices for the Senate (aspirants) but I hope he does," he told ANC when asked about Duterte's possible endorsement.

Alunan, who said he backs the administration's programs, also defended Duterte against critics who blame him for the so-called extra-judicial killings under the administration's war on drugs.

"Everything is being blamed on him, that's the one I find unfair," he said, stressing that accusations against the president are based on hearsay and speculations.