The ruling Lakas party has come out with a “wish” list of probable senatorial candidates for 2010.
I call it a “weak” list.
Bereft of a viable presidential bet and short of funds that it cannot even hold its national directorate meeting, its list of “senatoriables” is a so-so line up of weaklings on a national campaign. A number of them may be provincial heavyweights like Congressmen Raul del Mar of Cebu and Simeon Datumanong of Maguindanao but I doubt if they can be considered the same on a nationwide scale.
The other 3rd-term members of the Lower House in the list are even worse, Ed Zialcita of Paranaque, Prospero Nograles of Davao, Arthur Defensor of Iloilo.
The experience of Prospero Pichay should give them wise lessons.
Lakas’s other bets include QC mayor Sonny Belmonte and Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales, and reelectionist senators Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid. Of the two movie stars, the former might win again but the latter I doubt.
Belmonte, who is tipped as a presidential material could suffer an image problem if he slides down to the senate. Milagros Magsaysay would have a problem as a more famous namesake Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. is set to return to the Upper House.
As in the 2007 elections, the admin line up is in for a drubbing.