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Koko bares ‘personal’ choices for Duterte’s 2019 senatorial slate




By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Published October 6, 2017 1:39pm Updated October 6, 2017 4:01pm

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday bared his personal choices to be included in the 2019 senatorial slate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Pimentel is the president of PDP-Laban, while President Rodrigo Duterte is the party chairman.

In a text message to reporters, Pimentel said that aside from himself, to be included in the senatorial slate are Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Representatives Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental), Geraldine Roman (Bataan), Karlo Nograles (Davao City), and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino.

Duterte party names 6 senatorial bets for 2019 mid-term polls



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON OCTOBER 6, 2017

THE Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has identified six of 12 possible candidates for its senatorial slate in the 2019 mid-term elections.

They are: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas, and Representatives Alfredo Benitez, Carlo Nograles, Geraldine Roman and former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Francis Tolentino.

PDP-Laban to open doors to senators seeking re-election in 2019



Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 06 2017 03:33 PM

MANILA- The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party will open its doors to incumbent senators who will seek re-election in the 2019 mid-term elections.

Senate President Koko Pimentel, who also heads the party, said on Friday that the "offer" will prioritize incumbent senators.

Pimentel bares initial 6 PDP-Laban Senate bets for 2019



Camille Elemia
Published 1:09 PM, October 06, 2017
Updated 2:12 PM, October 06, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Friday, October 6, revealed the initial 6 senatorial candidates of the ruling PDP-Laban’s for the 2019 midterm elections.

Answering questions from the media, Pimentel said that aside from him, the other candidates will include Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Albee Benitez, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.

Pimentel bares six potential PDP-Laban senatorial bets



By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2017 - 3:25pm

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Friday announced six potential senatorial candidates of the administration Partido Demokratiko Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan for the 2019 midterm elections.

Pimentel, who is the president of PDP-Laban, said that half of the party's 12 candidates for the senatorial elections could include himself, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (Ilocos Norte), presidential adviser Francis Tolentino, Rep. Karlo Nograles (Davao City), Rep. Geraldine Roman (Bataan) and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Negros Occidental).

Koko reveals half of PDP-Laban’s possible ‘Magic 12’



By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQINQUIRER.net / 01:27 PM October 06, 2017

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III disclosed on Friday the partial list of senatorial bets that the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would possibly consider for the upcoming 2019 senatorial election.

Pimentel, who is also the PDP-Laban president, said that half of the party’s “Magic 12” could include himself, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino.

Ex-Poe backer, Ex-LP solon tagged as 2019 Duterte senate bets



By: Carla P. Gomez - Correspondent / @carlagomezINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 06:20 AM October 06, 2017

VICTORIAS CITY—Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday bragged that the now ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would control the Senate after the 2019 elections with candidates that he said would surely be elected because they adhere to the principles of President Duterte, among them Representatives Alfredo Benitez and Geraldine Roman.



The PDP-Laban gathering at Victorias Coliseum drew hundreds of once supporters of Mar Roxas and now admirers of President Duterte. —CARLA P. GOMEZ

Alvarez named Benitez and Roman at a rally here for the mass oath-taking of new members of PDP-Laban, a party that rose from near anonymity to being sought after.

Back Duterte,PDP Laban 2019 senate bets: Alvarez



Thursday, October 5, 2017
BY CARLA GOMNEZ & CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who led the mass oathtaking of about 13,000 new Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan members in Negros Occidental yesterday, rallied their forces to support President Rodrigo Duterte amid what he called moves to derail the administration's efforts to bring about change.

He also called on the new PDP Laban members to back the senatorial candidates of PDP-Laban in 2019, who would include representatives Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) and Geraldine Roman (Bataan, 1 st District) to ensure the ruling party will dominate the Upper Chamber.

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