Go declines PDP-Laban nomination for 2022 presidency

Maris Federez   •   September 8, 2021   •   354

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go has declined his nomination as Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) bet for the presidency in the 2022 National Elections.

Go, who did not attend the convention, released a statement Wednesday afternoon, expressing his gratitude for being nominated along with the President. He, however, reiterated that he is not interested to run for president.

”Sa mga kasamahan ko sa PDP-Laban, muli, taus-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo para sa inyong tiwala at suporta sa akin at kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” Go said.

“Subalit, inuulit ko, hindi po ako interesadong tumakbo sa pagka-Pangulo sa darating na halalan,” he added.

He stressed that he’d rather focus his attention on public service in his capacity as a member of the Upper Chamber and implored his party mates to respect his decision.

“I have already respectfully declined your endorsement through a letter I sent last week. I am hoping that the party will continue to respect my decision,” he stated.

Go, nevertheless, expressed his continued support to the party.

“Gayunpaman, asahan ninyo ang aking buong suporta sa ating partido. Kahit hindi ako tumakbong Pangulo, patuloy pa rin naman akong magmamalasakit at magseserbisyo sa sambayanang Pilipino upang malampasan ang krisis na ating hinaharap at maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang nagawa ni Pangulong Duterte,” 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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