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Marcos-Duterte Tandem Endorses 10 Senatorial Bets for 2022 Elections

Former and incumbent lawmakers, officials make the cut.
by Erwin Colcol
Jan 20, 2022
Photo/s: Bongbong Marcos/Facebook
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Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and his running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday named the 10 senatorial candidates they are endorsing for the May 9 elections.

The tandem's partial list of senatorial candidates is composed of incumbent and former senators, former government agency heads and other political personalities.

The 10 senatorial candidates who are officially part of the BBM-Sara tandem are:

  • Former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista
  • Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
  • Lawyer Larry Gadon
  • Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda
  • Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta
  • Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque
  • Former Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro
  • Former Public Works Sec. Mark Villar
  • Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri

During an online caravan hosted for their supporters in Metro Manila on Wednesday, the tandem also introduced seven of their senatorial bets, of whom Bautista, Estrada, Gatchalian, Roque, Teodoro, and Villar personally appeared.

"Nakita niyo puro magagaling, mahahaba ang karanasan sa serbisyo publiko," Marcos said of their senatorial slate.

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Gatchalian and Teodoro earlier sought to be chosen as Duterte-Carpio's vice presidential running mate, but the Davao City mayor settled to run for the country's second highest position instead.

Roque, a human rights lawyer who supported efforts to compensate martial law victims, earlier defended his move to join the BBM-Sara slate, saying that Bongbong was never a dictator and was not implicated in the court cases to recover ill-gotten wealth or claim damages for during the dictatorship of his father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Marcoleta has been a congressman since 2013. He was widely known for pushing for the slashing of the Commission on Human Rights' budget to P1,000 in 2017 and a  major oppositor to the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise.

Gadon, a lawyer who has been helping the BBM team for years, was one of those who filed an impeachment complaint against former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He also ran for senator in the 2016 and 2019 elections, but lost.

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