Koko invokes quality over quantity as ruling PDP-Laban fields only five Senate bets

The ruling PDP-Laban may be fielding only five senatorial candidates but its president Senator Aquilino Koko Pimentel said the party was more about quality rather than quantity.

Pimentel made the pronouncement at a campaign sortie in San Juan hosted by the PDP-Laban’s local slate led by former San Juan city vice mayor Francis Zamora who is running for San Juan city mayor against Janella Ejercito.

Ejercito is the incumbent San Juan city vice mayor and daughter of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is also seeking a Senate seat.

The PDP-Laban Senate slate is composed of only five individuals: Maguindanao representative Dong Mangudadatu, former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former special assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Senator Pimentel and former Presidential adviser for political affairs Francis Tolentino.

“Ang point of view ng PDP-Laban, quality. Quality ang gusto ng mga miyembro ng aming partido. Kaya may quality and kandidato na ifi-nifield namin sa San Juan,” Pimentel told reporters.

“Tignan niyo ang qualification. On paper, may quality. Sa track record, may quality. Sa programa de gobyerno, may quality. May quality po ang mga kandidato ng PDP-Laban,” he added.

There are 12 Senate seats up for grabs in the mid-term elections in May.

In contrast, the other administration slate Hugpong ng Pagbabago put together by President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara has endorsed 13, including all five PDP-Laban candidates.

Before Pimentel’s pronouncements, re-electionist San Juan city Representative Ronaldo Zamora said PDP was a party that valued quality over quantity.

“Kaya po naming magdala ng isang libo, dalawang libo, sampung libo [na tao], pero ang sabi po ng ating Presidente na si Koko Pimentel, quality over quantity,” Zamora said.

Zamora will be running against showbiz personality Edu Manzano.

“Kaya ipapanalo po naming ang PDP Laban [Senate slate] dito sa San Juan. Sinisugarado ko po, umaapaw ang boto niyo rito,” Zamora said. —NB, GMA News

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