Published: Friday 20 April, 2018

Mocha, Freddie Aguilar, Jiggy Manicad Possible Senate Bets of PDP-Laban

With the 2019 elections just over a year away, the PDP-Laban party bared its possible senatoriables. However, possible senate bets surprised everyone – Freddie Aguilar and Jiggy Manicad. Yes, the same Freddie Aguilar who sang ‘Anak’, and Jiggy Manicad of GMA Network.

The inclusion of Aguilar and Manicad in the list still baffles many Pinoys. Senate president Koko Pimental, who bared the possible 2019 list on Thursday, would not say why Freddie Aguilar and Jiggy Manicad have been considered other than they are ‘qualified’.

But millions of Filipinos are also qualified, and yet, they’re not running. Simply because it takes more than being ‘qualified’ to run for senator.

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Interviewed on Thursday after his named was included in the list, Freddie Aguilar said he is really considering running as his friends and supporters have been egging him on. Supporters? I doubt that he has that much ‘supporters’ to even make a dent on the election results!

As for Jiggy Manicad, his inclusion was a real curve ball. Nobody saw it coming. I even thought it was a misprint!

Of course, he is qualified. Probably even more qualified that Freddie Aguilar. But, with a number of re-electionists next year, only a few slots of the 12 senatorial slots will be up for grabs.

Bong Go may just snatch one of them. With Duterte’s endorsement and his popularity among Duterte’s followers, Bong Go may just make it to the senate next year. And Mocha too (God forbid!).

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Twenty names were listed by Pimentel but only 12 will make it to the final list. Duterte and other party leaders will make that decision.

Here are the possible PDP Laban senatorial bets for 2019:

Koko Pimentel
Grace Poe
Sonny Angara
Cynthia Villar
JV Ejercito
Nancy Binay
Ace Barbers
Albee Benitez
Karlo Nograles
Zajid Mangudadatu
Geraldine Roman
Rey Umali
Pia Cayetano
Bong Go
Harry Roque
Francis Tolentino
Mocha Uson
Raffy Alunan
Jiggy Manicad
Freddie Aguilar