Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 8, 2007
Angara finally casts lot with Team Unity senatorial ticket
By Cynthia Balana, Michael Lim Ubac, Jerome Aning
Finally, Sen. Edgardo Angara Wednesday accepted President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's offer for him to join the administration coalition's Team Unity ticket for the May senatorial elections.
At a press conference in the Senate, Angara said he arrived at his decision after nationwide consultations with supporters and leaders and members of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), which he heads.
"I did not switch political affiliation. I shall continue to be and remain in LDP, the only political party I have been with during my entire political career," he said.
The releectionist senator said he was joining the administration ticket in which people of different opinions come together for the sake of national progress and unity.
"Politics is deteriorating, stuck in hate and negativism, which I reject.
Politics should be relevant to the lives of people and not be seen as a destructive force," he said.
With Angara now part of the administration coalition's slate, nine senatorial aspirants have made it to the Team Unity.
Speaker Jose de Venecia said the administration's senatorial candidates were Representatives Prospero Pichay Jr. of Surigao del Sur and Juan Miguel Zubiri of Bukidnon, Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor, reelectionist Senators Angara, Ralph Recto and Joker Arroyo, former senators Vicente Sotto III and Tessie Aquino-Oreta, and Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson.
About Richard Gomez, De Venecia said there was still "questions" surrounding the actor's inclusion in the Team Unity.
Zubiri on Wednesday became the first member of the Team Unity's slate to file his certificate of candidacy.
"I filed to avoid intrigues and speculations. The other administration candidates will follow," said Zubiri, 37, when he filed his certificate at 5 p.m. at the Commission on Elections headquarters in Manila.
He was accompanied by his wife, model Audrey Kaye Tan.