June 23, 2018, 6:07 am
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Alvarez starts campaigning for PDP bets

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez has begun soliciting support for the ruling party’s presumptive senatorial candidates in the 2019 midterm elections.

Alvarez urged newly-elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials in his home province of Davao del Norte on Tuesday to support the senatorial slate of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) in 2019.

“It is very important for us to choose the candidates whom we can count on to support the programs of President Duterte and enable him to realize the changes he wants to bring to our country,” Alvarez said before administering the oath of office to some 3,000 newly-elected barangay and SK officials in the province at the New Tagum City Hall during the 120th Independence Day celebration.

As to his candidates, they are Representatives Monsour del Rosario of Makati City, Dakila Carlo Cua of Quirino, Sajid Mangudadatu of Maguindanao, and Karlo Nograles of Davao City.

He also batted for the senatorial run of Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, presidential spokesman Harry Roque, and presidential adviser Francis Tolentino.

Alvarez said 24 names are being considered for the PDP senatorial lineup but President Duterte still has the final say on who will be included in the final list.

In an oath-taking ceremony of an estimated 5,000 new members of the ruling party in Caloocan City last March, Alvarez also named Representatives Geraldine Roman (Bataan) and Reynaldo Umali (Occidental Mindoro) as among those being eyed to join the slate.

Alvarez later also mentioned Rep. Alfred Benitez (Negros Occidental) and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as possible contenders.

Cua chairs the House committee on ways and means; Nograles, the committee on appropriations; Umali, the committee on justice which heard the impeachment complaint against former chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno; and Benitez, the committee on housing and urban development.

Alvarez has said the growing number of the members of the ruling party also further bolsters support for the President’s advocacy for federalism through Charter change.
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