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Villar will not run for senator, says Roxas

CALAMBA, Laguna—Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II on Thursday confirmed that Las Piñas Rep. and Nacionalista Party stalwart Mark Villar will not run for the Senate but instead will seek reelection next year.

“[Villar] said he won’t be running for Senator in the 2016 elections,” Roxas told reporters during the joint Liberal Party-Nacionalista Party oathtaking here.

He described the younger Villar as a “hardworking rising star” and asked the crowd to support him.

Mark Villar

The Laguna incumbents, who are mostly Nacionalista Party members, vowed to support Roxas in his bid for the top post in 2016.

NP Provincial chairman and Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez and 12 mayors from the provincial government of Laguna had formed a local alliance with the Liberals in their “fight for the continuity of Daang Matuwid in the 2016 polls.”

“We give our full support to Secretary Mar Roxas,” Hernandez said.

“We will be supporting him as President. Almost 90 percent of the incumbents are for Mar Roxas.”

But Villar said the Nacionalista Party had yet to decide who to support for President and vice president in 2016.

“Secretary Roxas’ presence here does not mean he has our support for President. It’s for the LP-NP coalition in Laguna to support [Ramil] Hernandez for governor.

Villar said the party hasn’t decided yet who to support in the vice presidential race in which three of its members—Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.—are vying. 

The Liberal Party is set to announce its senatorial slate today at the LP National Headquarters in Quezon City.

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