Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tamano thanks Erap for inclusion in list of 2010 bets

From The Daily Tribune online-06/10/2008

Genuine Opposition (GO) spokesman Adel Tamano yesterday thanked deposed President Joseph Estrada for including him in a shortlist of personalities United Opposition (UNO) has come up for its choices to filed in the 2010 senatorial elections, saying such a practical endorsement by the ousted leader would definitely boost one’s candidacy.

Tamano, who is also the president of the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Manila, is the son of former Sen. Mamintal Tamano.

He though said he has yet to decide if he will throw his hat into the 2010 senatorial “ring” as he is still mulling over his options for the future, including if he will remain as the opposition’s spokesman.

“I am very fortunate to have President Joseph Estrada’s support. His popularity with the masa (masses) will be a deciding factor in 2010,” he said.

Tamano reportedly was picked by Estrada to be included in a shortlist of probable candidates for UNO over his “unblemished” record.

Aside from Tamano, others in the list include former Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, who served as the campaign manager for GO during the last senatorial elections; Bukidnon province Rep. Teofisto Guingona III, Iloilo province Rep. Rolex Suplico, broadcaster and former Leyte province Rep. Ted Failon and Parañaque City Rep. Roilo Golez.

Tamano said a strong Muslim candidate is needed to be able to implement reforms that would be beneficial for Muslims in the country.

“While I personally have yet to decide, 2010 still being far away, President Estrada’s support for a Muslim candidate is a very positive signal to Filipino Muslims who have not had a representative in the Senate for a over a decade,” he said.

Estrada said he has chosen the personalities based on their “clean” record. He said since the opposition stands against corruption in government, it is important for its candidates to be not involved in any anomalies in public service.

Jason Faustino

Originally posted in http://www.tribune.net.ph/nation/20080610nat2.html

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