Kiko Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Bam Aquino lead LP Senate bets for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021   •   560

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) on Tuesday announced the nominations of Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Leila de Lima, as well as former Senator Bam Aquino, as its senatorial candidates for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, the LP said the formal nomination of Pangilinan, de Lima, and Aquino happened during the party’s virtual National Executive Council Meeting.

Aquino has yet to announce his plans for the upcoming polls.

The gathering was attended by LP party chairperson and Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Quezon City Representative Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, and former lawmakers Teddy Baguilat and Erin Tañada, among others.

The LP said it also passed a resolution endorsing Senator Risa Hontiveros and Atty. Chel Diokno as part of its initial list of guest senatorial candidates, for being aligned with the party’s principles.

The former ruling party also passed another resolution granting Robredo full authority and discretion in initiating talks and coming up with agreements, as well as identifying and assembling a united national slate of candidates for president, vice president and senators, “while respecting her preference on the elective position she may decide to run for, if any, with the full support by the Party as a whole.”

Robredo has yet to announce her plans for the 2022 elections.

The period for the filing of candidacy will be from October 1 to 8.

Lakas-CMD adopts Bongbong Marcos as presidential bet in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) has adopted former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its candidate for president in the 2022 elections.

The Lakas-CMD party has passed a resolution confirming Marcos as its adopted candidate during its Executive Committee (Execom) meeting on Wednesday night.

The party also confirmed in another resolution that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who currently serves as the party’s chairperson, is its vice presidential candidate.

The Lakas-CMD resolutions have sealed the team-up of Marcos and Duterte for the upcoming elections.

The Execom also passed a resolution authorizing the president of Lakas-CMD, House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.

Among the political parties expected to forge alliance with the Lakas-CMD are Sara Duterte-led Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (FPM).

In a post on social media, Duterte announced the adoption of said resolutions during their meeting.

She also said that the Uni-team alliance signing of political parties will be held on Thursday.

“Bukas na po ang Uniteam Alliance signing ng PFP, LakasCMD, PMP at HNP,” she said.

Sara Duterte takes drug test

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday said she underwent a drug test and her results yielded negative for narcotics.

In a statement, the vice presidential bet said she took the test upon the request of her running mate, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Today, I took a drug test that yielded negative of any illegal substances. This test, I took voluntarily upon the request of my Uniteam partner, Senator Bongbong Marcos, to support the call for transparency as aspiring public officials seeking the trust of our fellow Filipinos,” she said.

Sara shared the results of her drug test, which showed that she was negative for several illegal substances.

On Tuesday, Marcos announced that he took a cocaine test and submitted the result to law enforcement agencies.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that a presidential aspirant is using cocaine.

Duterte did not give any name.

“Uniteam BBM-Sara’s stand against illegal drugs is united and unequivocal. This can be seen from both our negative tests as well as our common stance against the proliferation of illegal drugs and the need for effective measures of prevention, rehabilitation, and enforcement,” Mayor Sara said.

She also stressed “as important as the war against illegal drugs is, other compelling issues continue to challenge our country’s ability to provide long-term safety and security for our people.”

“Therefore, it is crucial in this electoral season that we focus on the substantial qualifications of those that seek to lead our country,” she said.

“Particularly, that we examine our presidential and vice presidential candidates under the lens of competence and experience – an infallible ability to manage crisis through policy and practice built up through years of executive, legislative, and administrative exposure; a proven track record of delivering security and development; and a clear and tested platform for job security and sustainable livelihood,” she added.

Bongbong Marcos says he took drug test after Duterte’s cocaine-user claim

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he underwent a drug test following President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that a presidential aspirant is using cocaine.

In a statement, Marcos said he took the test on Monday and submitted the result Tuesday morning to law enforcement agencies.

He also reiterated his camp’s earlier statement that he doesn’t feel being alluded to by the president’s remarks.

“In spite of that, I believe it is my inherent duty as an aspiring public official to assure my fellow Filipinos that I am against illegal drugs,” he said.

“This is why I took a cocaine test yesterday and the result was submitted this morning to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Office of the Chief of the PNP, and the National Bureau of Investigation. Let me reiterated my assurance to my fellowmen, especially the supporters of BBM-Sara Uniteam, that I am, and will remain, a vigilant anti-illegal drugs campaigner,” he added, referring to his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

He then called on his fellow political aspirants to take the drug test “to ensure our people, particularly the young generation, that no elected leader is into illegal substances.”

The Commission on Elections earlier said that candidates in the upcoming elections are not compelled to submit themselves to mandatory drug testing, citing a Supreme Court ruling that stated a previous order as unconstitutional. (with reports from Correspondent Joan Nano)

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