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Speaker: No plan to run for senator, glad to serve as PDP-Laban campaign manager

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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will gladly accept the role of national campaign manager for the senatorial slate of the ruling PDP-Laban party.

“Well, tatanggapin ko yan dahil ako naman ang secretary general ng partido. Kung yun ang trabahong ibibigay sa akin, gagawin ko,” he said.

Alvarez said some names may still be added and dropped from the initial six revealed by Senate President Koko Pimentel.

“May idadagdag pa, may mawawala pa siguro dahil si Majority Leader sabi nya ayaw nya,” he said, referring to Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, who was named one of the six.

“Pinag-aaralan pa naman ang mga may chansang manalo,” Alvarez said when asked who else would complete the lineup to be fielded in the 2019 election.

Preference is for PDP-Laban members, “except maybe for the Nacionalista Party, kasi matagal na naming kasama yan.” “We have coalition partners but as much as possible, mas gusto ko PDP,” he said.

Alvarez said he has no plan to run for senator himself. “Hindi, congressman lang ako.”