Nobody thought former vice-president Jejomar Binay could bear to be in the same room with former senator. Antonio Trillanes IV, who harangued him and his family over alleged corruption in Makati.

But Binay and Trillanes find themselves together in the senatorial slate of presidential aspirant Vice-president Leni Robredo. 

Asked about the mix, Robredo said it was part of her effort to unify the opposition. At press time, the ticket consisted of 11 names but the choice for the 12th man is said to be a toss-up between progressive politician Neri Colmenares and Labor leader Sonny Matula of the Federation of Free Workers to represent the militants. 

Among the names announced as part of Robredo’s Senate slate were Senators Richard Gordon and Leila de Lima. Gordon and De Lima, of course, clashed during Senate hearings into drug-related killings back in 2016 and Gordon had a hand in the incarceration of De Lima. 

Gordon, Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri and Sen. Joel Villanueva, who all voted to oust De Lima as chairperson of the Senate Justice committee in 2016, are also on Robredo’s senatorial line-up. Villanueva got his start in politics through the late Noynoy Aquino, who openly supported De Lima.

De Lima, as Justice secretary, filed a complaint against Villanueva over his alleged mis-use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, or more popularly known as pork barrel. 

Robredo said, “Ang sine-share namin ngayon yung aspirations para sa bansa natin. Noong kinausap natin sila, ‘yung commitment na makinig, ‘yung commitment na mag-share ng isang mesa para pagusapan kung paano magpanday ng mas magandang bukas.

Asked about the corruption and cheating allegations that some in her slate have faced in the past, Robredo — who is running on a campaign for good governance — said that none of them are perfect. 

Also in Robredo’s senatorial line-up are Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero, former Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, and lawyers Chel Diokno and Alex Lacson. 

Some of Robredo’s picks for senator are also in the tickets of other presidential aspirants. 

Binay, Gordon, Villanueva and Zubiri have been included in the tickets of SenatorsPanfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao. 

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who helped in negotiations for Robredo’s Senate line-up, said they have agreed that those featured in multiple tickets should not be supporting any particular presidential candidate. 

“We would like to suggest that at the minimum, you would not endorse any candidate for president so that you will stay as a guest candidate of a number of parties and groupings,“ Drilon said. 

Robredo said consultations with various groups are underway to determine who would be the last person to complete her Senate line-up. 

She said that she wants the twelfth candidate in her ticket to be a representative of the marginalized sector and that there are “four or five” nominees for this slot. 

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