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De Castro, Teodoro on Palace 2010 shortlist

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:35:00 03/27/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and Vice President Noli de Castro have been shortlisted as the administration standard bearer in the 2010 presidential elections, but it is not closing its doors on “people outside” the coalition and other allies, a Malacañang official said.

“I can mention at least two, Vice President Noli de Castro and Secretary Gilbert Teodoro,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said, when asked about reports that the administration has shortlisted three personalities as its possible presidential bet.

Since politics is the “art of the impossible,” Remonde said “people from outside” the ruling coalition could also be considered.

“We are not ruling out our other allies, who have expressed intentions to run for president like [Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman] Bayani Fernando, Senator Dick Gordon and the others,” he said.

Earlier, Remonde singled out eight Cabinet officials as possible senatorial candidates: Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Augusto Syjuco, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano, and presidential adviser on climate change Heherson Alvarez.

A committee headed by Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio was tasked to set the criteria for the selection of administration candidates as well as to pursue the merger between the administration parties Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats and the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino.

Remonde also said the administration’s selection process would not be pressured by plans of a group urging Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio to run for president to mount US-style primaries to find its presidential bet.

“I think medyo hindi kailangan nagyon na mag-scramble ang administration sa pamumulitika [I don’t think the administration needs to scramble in politicking] The President is right, the best politics is good public service,” Remonde said.

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