Erap bares choice of Senate bets; ‘Aldub’ senator not included

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A former actor-turned-vice mayor, a disgraced police official, an ex-traffic chief, and a member of Romualdez clan are among the senatorial “wannabees” former president and re-electionist Manila mayor Joseph Estrada will support in the 2016 elections.

Estrada himself bared his list of senatorial lineup even as he has yet to announce who between his godchild, Sen. Grace Poe, and his “kumpadre”, Vice President Jejomar Binay, will he vote for in the presidential race.

Of course, topping his list is his ally, outgoing Manila mayor Isko Moreno.

The others on Estrada’s list are former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, boxing icon and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, human rights lawyer and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Francis Tolentino, former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Dir. Getulio Napeñas, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Serge Osmeña, Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, former Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) secretary Joel Villanueva and former Sen. Miguel Zubiri.

Estrada, in a Manila Bulletin article, said in jest that he did not include Sen. Tito Sotto in his list because the popularity of the “Aldub” kalyeserye in Eat Bulaga would surely boost his candidacy. Sotto is with the slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

He raised an eyebrow and shook his head when former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima’s name was mentioned.

As for Tolentino, Estrada reiterated his support to Tolentino, who left the Liberal Party (LP) ticket after his involvement in the “Playgirls” scandal.

Estrada is seeking re-election against returning former mayor Alfredo Lim and Manila 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing.

“Ang mga kalaban ko, isang Bumbay, Isang Intsik. Saan kayo?” Estrada joked, referring to Lim and Bagatsing.