DUTERTE-MARCOS TANDEM In PDP-NP Coalition

p4BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) and the Nacionalista Party are in deep talks to form a coalition that would put up a full slate in the 2016 election.

PDP-Laban is chaired by Senator Koko Pimentel, son of party founder former Senator Nene Pimentel.

Senator Bongbong Marcos heads the NP.

The formation of the new coalition follows reports of an emerging tandem between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a PDP-Laban member, and Senator Marcos.

Earlier, Senator Koko Pimentel said PDP-Laban would support Duterte’s presidential bid if the party fields a presidential candidate in the 2016 election. Pimentel also said Duterte would be its bet under a coalition with any party if PDP-Laban could not field a candidate.

Sources said leaders of both parties including the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the local party headed by Duterte, are now putting finishing touches to the planned coalition that would make the coming election a three-way contest with the administration Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno Aquino and the United Nationalist Coalition (UNA) of Binay and former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

The sources said party leaders are looking up at Duterte as standard bearer with Marcos as his running mate.

This is a perfect formula for victory. Duterte will be grabbing votes from the Solid South of Mindanao and the Visayas and Marcos contributing the Solid North vote of Luzon, said the sources.

Duterte ranked third behind front-running Binay and second placer Senator Grace Poe in recent surveys. Marcos is down the ladder but the son of the deposed late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos and his NP has crawled back into the political mainstream as a vote-getting power bloc.

The LP is fielding Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for President but is looking at Poe as an option as Roxas consistently fares badly in the surveys.

Binay is the standard bearer of the UNA, a coalition that counts as member the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of Estrada.

Earlier, Pimentel said his party would not be supporting Binay, a former member of the PDP-Laban.
UNA was a coalition between PDP-Laban and PMP in the 2010 election, where Pimentel lost to Migs Zubiri of the Kampi of then President Gloria Arroyo in the battle for the last slot in the senatorial race. Pimentel filed an electoral protest which deposed Zubiri half-way through his term.

In the 2013 election, PDP-Laban split from UNA and expelled Binay, after Binay took in Zubiri into the UNA senatorial line-up.

DUTERTE-MARCOS
TANDEM POSSIBLE

Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said a tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is an option he is considering for the 2016 election.

But the son of the late ousted President Ferdinand Marcos said it is too early to choose the option with the election still far ahead.

Like Duterte, Marcos is being counted as a presidential candidate in the 2016 derby even as he ranks low in the surveys.

Duterte is at third in the surveys behind front runner Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe.

Marcos was expected to make the dash to Malacanang under the banner of the Naciolista Party (NP).

Although belonging to the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), Duterte and his homegrown local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod are also aligned with the administration Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino.

Binay belongs to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); Poe ran as an independent candidate in the 2013 senatorial run but was adopted by LP into its slate.

In the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN in Davao City on Sunday, June 14, Marcos did not dismiss the possible 2016 scenario with him running in tandem with Duterte.

” I always follow the advice of my late father,”said Marcos.

My father told me to always keep my options open, said Marcos.

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