MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday confirmed that his brother filed a certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator.

A certain Silvestre Bello Jr. ran as senator under PDP-Laban on Saturday’s last day of COC filing.

“Kapatid ko ‘yun, hindi ko naman sya mapigilan,” Bello said in an online briefing when asked if he know who is Silvestre Bello Jr..

(He’s my brother. I can’t stop him.)

In response to a question about the possibility of a replacement, Bello said: “Nandyan ang possibility, that’s a possibility, kasi depende nga talaga kung ano, what will be good for our country.”

(That’s a possibility. It depends on what will be good for our country.)

Bello is among the Cabinet members selected for the initial senatorial slate led by the PDP-Laban faction of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

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