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Trillanes says Grace is his running mate

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday his announcement of his bid for the vice presidency will give rise to the Poe-Trillanes tandem today for next year’s elections

“Our group Magdalo and our chapter leaders all over the country have chosen Senator Grace Poe from among the candidates,” Trillanes told dzMM radio.

“So as far as the group is concerned, our tandem will be Poe-Trillanes.”

Open forum. Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero (not shown) are welcomed by students of the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City for an open forum.

Trillanes will officially announce his candidacy  during Magdalo’s general meeting at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City at 5 p.m. today.

He said he will run as an independent candidate because his two other party mates, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano  and Senator Bongbong Marcos, will also run for vice president.

“I will run as an independent although I am a member of the Nacionalista Party,” Trillanes said. “It will be sona libre or free zone for the party because we have many party members running for the same position.”

Trillanes said he will support Poe’s presidential bid based on the decision of the Magdalo faction in the House.

And with his declaration, the vice presidential race will be among the three vice presidential candidates of the Nationalista Party and Senator Francis Escudero, who is running as an independent, and possibly Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the LP.

Cayetano announced his candidacy in Davao City. He wants to be the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who remains undecided on his political plan next year.

There are also indications Marcos wants to be the running mate of Duterte should he decide to run for president. But Marcos said he met Duterte Wednesday night only to seek his advice on the vice presidency.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has said the talks about Marcos running along with him is 93-percent sure.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon says the LP is hopeful Robredo will accept its offer to run for vice president next year.

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