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No ‘awkward” feelings between Arroyo, Pimentel

Oct 16, 2017 @ 6:31

Change has indeed come, at least for Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

On Friday, Pimentel said he is open to the possibility of running with former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under the PDP-Laban senatorial ticket in 2019.

Pimentel once accused Arroyo of electoral fraud when Miguel Zubiri of Lakas-CMD, Arroyo’s former political party, gained a Senate seat at the expense of Pimentel during the 2007 senatorial elections.

Due to her ties with President Rodrigo Duterte, Arroyo recently jumped ship to PDP-Laban, the ruling political party now headed by Pimentel.

During his presentation of the party’s initial list of senatorial candidates for the 2019 elections, Pimentel was asked whether there was a chance that the congresswoman would be part of the party’s next Senate slate.

He said there were no “awkward” feelings between them and Arroyo now that she has transferred to PDP-Laban.

“Hindi naman (Not really), because people change and circumstances change, especially in politics. We should not close doors or burn bridges unless absolutely called for or warranted,” Pimentel said, as reported by Rappler.

“If someone wants to help the cause of federalism, then why not accept him her with open arms? But she must be the one to change by embracing the PDP-Laban’s core principles of belief in God, human dignity, love of country, equal opportunities for all, consultative and participatory democracy, and federalism,” he added.

Included in the list of PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate are Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez, Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.

It has yet to be seen whether Arroyo will be included in the list.

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