A decent election.
This is the kind of campaign the Liberal Party (LP) promises to launch against other coalitions, as they announced their complete line-up for the 2013 senatorial polls.
Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV - a former TV host, youth advocate, and President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's first cousin - led the slate which is mostly composed of incumbent and former elected officials.
"I am the youngest one to run in this elections. I am hoping that the people would want to see young people in the Senate who can give new and fresh ideas there," the younger Aquino said.
Bam admitted that formal arrangements were only made last week, months after he announced his intent to run for Senate.
Meanwhile, the chief executive himself formally announced the senatorial bid of first-time senatorial aspirants like MTRCB chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares, incumbent Aurora Rep. Juan Eduardo "Sonny" Angara, and former Las Pinas City Rep. Cynthia Villar, wife of his 2010 presidential polls foe, Senator Manuel Villar.
He also endorsed the reelection bid of former Senators Maria Anna Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal, who was also Aquino's 2010 poll rival, and Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay Jr. as well as incumbent Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV.
Incumbent Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who bolted out of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) months ago, also received the endorsement of the administration slate with former Akbayan party-list member Risa Hontiveros.
This is the second senatorial race for Hontiveros, who lost in the 2010 national elections.
On the other hand, the chief executive also endorsed reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Francis "Chiz" Escudero even though the top senatorial bets were already adopted as guest candidates in UNA.
Newly-appointed Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas, who recently filed his leave as LP president, vowed they would launch a campaign that is marked with “decency, honor, and integrity.”
LP campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon said they would launch a media-oriented campaign, tapping the online media to get their advocacies across instead of filling sorties with funfare like in the previous elections.
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