Actor Dingdong Dantes is among the possible senatorial candidates being eyed by the administration’s Liberal Party for the 2016 national elections.
Dantes, who recently finished his college studies at West Negros University where he took up Business Administration, major in Marketing, is active in charity works as founder and chairman of Yes Pinoy Foundation.
Last year, Dingdong, whose real name is Jose Sixto Dantes III, was appointed by President Benigno Aquino as a commissioner-at-large for the National Youth Commission with a term of three years.
In earlier interviews, however, the actor said he does not have any plans of getting into politics.
Aside from Dingdong Dantes, two other celebrities are shortlisted in the administration’s coalition senatorial slate. They are former comedian Herbert “Bistek” Bautista who is the incumbent mayor of Quezon City and former matinee idol and now Manila vice mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
According to Caloocan City Representative Edgar Erice, LP vice Chairman for political affairs, aside from the three celebrities, the ruling party is considering the following for its senatorial slate: Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino,Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Joel Villanueva, the director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, widow of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, s also included in the LP list as well as re-electionists Senators Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III and ergio Osmeña.
Philhealth Director Risa Hontiveros, Representatives Roman Romulo (Pasig City), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro), Lino Cayetano (Taguig) and Mark Villar of Las Piñas are included in the list of possible senatorial candidates of the administration party.
Former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is also being eyed by LP to be included in ts senatorial line-up but Lacson has announced his intention to run for president in the upcoming 2016 national elections.
Erice said the LP’s line-up for senators will be finalized after the announcement of its candidates for president and vice president on June.