Bong Go denies ‘substitution’ speculations

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021   •   172

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has denied speculations that he is paving the way for the candidacy of another individual through substitution. He reiterated that he is committed to his decision to run for vice president in the upcoming 2022 national elections, a statement released Wednesday (October 13) said.

“I can’t speak for the other candidates. Hindi po ako makapagsalita kung ano po ang magiging desisyon ng partido. As far as I am concerned, sa aking tinakbuhang posisyon, desidido na po ako,” Go said in an interview during the launch of the country’s 143rd Malasakit Center in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental on Tuesday.

Go said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to retire from politics prompted him to take on the challenge to run for vice president.

He further noted PDP-Laban’s preparations for the elections, stressing that someone must step forward for the party so that the administration may continue its programs and pursue further the positive change that the president has started.

“Ang importante para sa akin ngayon ay economic recovery, makabalik na tayo sa normal na pamumuhay. ‘Yun po ang importante,” he added.

Go, nevertheless, stressed that despite his vice presidential bid, he remains focused on his duties as a senator and public servant.

“Ayaw ko munang pag-usapan ang pulitika kaya parati kong sinasabi, bakuna muna bago ang pulitika dahil baka wala na tayong pag-usapang pulitika kung hindi natin malampasan ang krisis na ito. Buhay po ang nakataya dito,” he said. —/mbmf

Pacquiao-Atienza tandem bares senatorial lineup

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday announced the senatorial lineup for the 2022 national elections under the Pacquaio-Atienza tandem.

The slate is composed of media personalities, former and incumbent senators, and a former vice president. The list is as follows:

  • Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo
  • Senator Miguel Zubiri
  • Former Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero
  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
  • Senator Joel Villanueva
  • Former Senator Loren Legarda
  • Senator Richard “Dick Gordon
  • Labor Leader Elmer Labog
  • Human Rights Fighter, Neri Colmenares
  • Former Governor Lutgardo “Lutz” Barbo

Pacquiao earlier filed his certificate of candidacy for president under PROMDI — a national party founded by the late former Cebu governor Lito Osmeña — with House Deputy Speaker and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza as his running mate. —/mbmf

Lacson, insulted by hints of Robredo-Sotto tandem during Unity Talks

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted to feeling slighted by the alleged plan of a Robredo-Sotto tandem insinuated during the Robredo camp-initiated Unity Talks.

Lacson who is also a presidential aspirant claimed that the Unity Talks does not really aim at achieving unity, following the second meeting that he and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III had with VP Robredo.

“Si Sen. Drilon mismo, tinuro niya si VP Leni at si SP Tito Sotto na sila’y magkatandem, in my face. It’s good that I didn’t notice it, I was informed by SP after our meeting,” Lacson said.

“Sabi niya ‘Hindi mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo samin dalawa?’ Parang effectively telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the VP and Senate President. So sa akin, when I was told that, I felt insulted,” he added.

Sotto, meanwhile, believes that Robredo’s attempt at unity talks is already a belated move as the Lacson-Sotto tandem has already established an organized alliance with different parties nationwide. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Lacson-Sotto tandem backs 14 senatorial bets

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Lacson-Sotto tandem is set to endorse 14 possible senatorial candidates in the coming 2022 national elections.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said they do not see any problem in endorsing more than 12 candidates, emphasizing that the 14 got what it takes and deserve to be in the Senate.

The Lacson-Sotto senatorial lineup is as follows:

  • Sorsogon Gov. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero
  • House Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda
  • Senator Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri
  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Senator Joel Villanueva
  • Senator Richard Gordon
  • Former Senator JV Ejercito
  • Former Makati Rep. Monsour Del Rosario
  • Minguita Padilla
  • Former Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol
  • DICT Sec. Gringo Honasan
  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and
  • Media Practitioner Paolo Capino

Lacson said they also have a surprise senatorial candidate coming up.

He added that they still have until November 15 to finalize their senatorial slate. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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