MANILA (Mabuhay) – Six official candidates led by Sarangani boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, and six guest bets are set to run for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2016 elections.
UNA president and Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco officially announced the candidates comprising the UNA’s senatorial slate in a statement Monday.
Aside from Pacquiao, those running for senator as UNA’s official candidates are:
actress and Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno; Sulu princess Jacel Kiram; labor lawyer Allan Montaño; former Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas, and broadcast journalist Rey Langit.
Meanwhile, UNA’s guest candidates are: re-electionist Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III; former senator Panfilo Lacson; former senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri; former senator Richard Gordon; Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and migrant workers’ advocate Susan “Toots” Ople.
Sotto is a stalwart of the Nationalist People’s Coalition while Lacson has been included in the Liberal Party-led senatorial slate.
Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, will run under the Bagumbayan party while Romualdez belongs to Lakas-CMD. Ople is a member of the Nacionalista Party.
Tiangco said UNA’s senatorial candidates share Vice President Jejomar Binay’s vision of uplifting the lives of poor Filipinos, and promoting a “competent, compassionate and healing government.”
“We are proud to say all UNA senatoriables are committed to pursue worthy priorities in the legislature. They share the same vision with Vice President Binay of a pro-poor and reform-oriented legislative agenda,” he said. (MNS)