Four Senators were not allowed to extend their term in the next senatorial election on 2019, according to the constitution.
Senators serve 6-year tenure per terms with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms, with half of the senators elected every three years to ensure that the Senate is maintained as a continuous body, though staggered.
Because of this, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan and Loren Legarda are disallowed by the constitution to extend their term and they need to wait for the 2022 Presidential election if they willing to work in the Senate again.
Three of these senators ran for Vice Presidency last election, but defeated by VP Leni Robredo.
Meanwhile, senators who served a first term in the Senate like Senators Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar are allowed to run for reelection.
There’s possibility that JV Ejercito is going to run under PDP-Laban because of the rumors that he’s going to accept the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Koko Pimentel to join their party.
Yet the party of the President is not yet revealing if some reelectionist is possibly going to run under PDP-Laban.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Presidential Communications Office Operations (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was recommended by House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez III to run for senator under PDP-Laban.
But the two are not yet deciding if they are going to accept the invitation of the House Speaker.
“Kung tatakbo man po ako, eto po ay dahil si Pangulong DUterte na mismo ang nagpatakbo sa akin,” Mocha Uson said in her official statement.
Aside from Mocha and Roque, Alvarez said the ruling party’s possible senatorial candidates include Reps. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental, Karlo Nograles of Davao City and Geraldine Roman of Bataan, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.