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Cayetano optimistic LP will choose him

LEGAZPI CITY—Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said Sunday he was optimistic the Liberal Party would choose him as former Interior Secretary Manuel  Roxas II’s running mate in the 2016 presidential elections.

He said there were  ongoing negotiations with the Liberal Party for him to be its vice presidential candidate to partner with Roxas, the administration’s presidential standard bearer.

He said a group of close friends and private citizens and members of the Liberal Party had been asking the administration party to consider a Roxas-Cayetano tandem.

The group, which Cayetano refused to identify, has claimed that the tandem will be perfect as Roxas and Cayetano are both believers in the “Tuwid na Daan” or straight path.

Cayetano said the Nacionalista Party, his party, and the Liberal Party had been “natural” allies for five years.

But he said he would respect the LP’s selection process, and that he would never force himself on it. He would  wait until Roxas and President Benigno Aquino III  were ready to pick the vice presidential candidate of their choice.

“I have learned that President Aquino would like to have more time to see and convince Senator Grace [Poe] to agree to be the administration’s VP candidate,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano and his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, arrived here on Thursday and attended the wake for Lani’s grandmother in Tiwi, Albay.

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