MANILA, Philippines — Following the visit of former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro to Davao City to meet with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, rumors of a possible Sara-Gibo tandem in the 2022 presidential elections surfaced.
The one who set up the meeting, former Camarines Sur representative Rolando Andaya Jr., told UNTV News that the preparations for the Sara-Gibo tandem are underway.
According to Andaya, the two are working on how they will strengthen their forces across the country.
“Money is not a problem. Financing is not a problem. It’s already there. It’s already fixed before we landed in Manila coming from Davao so everything is set. What we are talking about now in inner circles is how they will promote their tandem nationwide. We are in that stage already,” Andaya said.
Andaya announced that the two will run independently and will not ask any endorsement from other parties.
The former congressman is confident that the Duterte-Carpio and Teodoro tandem is the ‘gold standard’ in the presidential and vice presidential race.
“When I looked at both of them, I was watching them intently when they were conversing with each other, kinikilig ako eh. Para akong nanonood ng pelikula ng box office. I’m sure when people get to see them together, they’ll get the same feeling,” Andaya noted.
The UNTV News tried to ask Teodoro for comments but he declined while Mayor Duterte did not confirm if she is running in the 2022 elections.
Likewise, there is no confirmation yet if President Rodrigo Duterte will run in the coming elections.
“In the first place, he was nominated. At ang sagot ko lang naman diyan, syempre kailangan sagutin yung nominasyon, kaya pinag-iisipan. Pero wala pa pong desisyon ang Presidente,” said Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque.
Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III confirmed that he would become the running mate of Senator Panfilo Lacson if the latter decides to run for president.
“Nung sinabi ko na we are seriously contemplating on it, kasi there are some groups and some sectors that have approached me and Sen. Lacson. If Sen. Lacson decides to run for president, I will definitely be his running mate,” he said in a statement.
“I am not in the habit of saying that I will not run and then all of a sudden I will file my certificate of candidacy. Let the other politicians do that. Not on our party,” he added.
The filing of COC for the 2022 elections is set in October. MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)