MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte showed up at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City to support the administration’s senatorial bets as the filing of certificates of candidacy ended on Friday.
Duterte raised the hands of the eight Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) bets, three of whom are former Cabinet secretaries.
The eight aspirants are House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta; Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo; Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair Greco Belgica; former secretaries John Castriciones (Agrarian Reform), Gregorio Honasan (Information and Communications Technology), and Mark Villar (Public Works and Highways); actor Robin Padilla; and broadcaster Rey Langit.
Villar filed his COC on Wednesday.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, PDP-Laban’s vice-presidential candidate, joined Duterte.
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa also filed his COC as the party standard bearer.
The President likewise endorsed former Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson, who is the first nominee of the party-list group MOCHA (Mothers for Change). (PNA)