PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel said it’s ‘self-explanatory’ why Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was left out of party senatorial slate for the 2019 election.
Uson was heavily criticized online over a controversia video with vlogger Drew Olivar explaining federalism of which Pimentel was an advocate.
In an interview with reporters on Thursday, Pimentel said the reason why Uson was not included in the party slate was ‘self-explanatory’ without providing details.
The former Senate President noted among the criteria being considered for inclusion as PDP-Laban candidate are party membership, service to the party, willingness to run, name recall, and winnability.
The potential candidates must also possess good reputation and a supporter of federalism. However, he denied that Uson failed in the first criteria.
“Wala akong sinabing ganun. Basta limit to the names in the letter muna in the meantime. Basta she is not on the list,” he said.
[I didn’t say anything to that effect. Just limit to the names in the letter for the meantime. For now, she is not on the list.]
The list of names Pimentel referred to consists of 24 personalities including veteran lawmakers and public officials and entertainment personalites who are being considered as senatorial bets of the administration party. They are as follows:
- Special assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go
- Presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino
- Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
- Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles
- Maguindanao Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu
- Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman
- Makati Rep. Monsour Del Rosario
- Folk singer Freddie Aguilar
- Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad
- Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez
- Quirino Rep. Dakila Carlo “Dax” Cua
Friends of PDP-Laban:
- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio
- Bureau of Corrections Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa
- Actor Robin Padilla
- Actor and former Sen. Lito Lapid
- Former Interior Secretary Rafael “Raffy” Alunan
- Columnist Ramon Tulfo
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
- Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano
- Cynthia Villar
- Sonny Angara
- JV Ejercito
- Grace Poe
- Nancy Binay