Go files COC for vice presidency in 2022 elections

Maris Federez   •   October 2, 2021   •   238

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Saturday (October 2) filed his certificate of candidacy as vice president for the 2022 National Elections.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte withdrew his acceptance of nomination for the vice-presidential race.

“Given that President Rodrigo Duterte decided to withdraw his acceptance of the nomination, I am here to take on the challenge as PDP-Laban’s Vice-Presidential candidate,” Go said in a speech during his filing of COC.

“Napag-desisyunan kong tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente sa darating na halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at tunay na pagbabagong naumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte — at sisikapin nating dagdagan pa ang mga ito,” he added.

Go stressed that what the Duterte administration has started in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality must continue to protect the lives of Filipinos.

The senator also vowed to help in bringing the country to normalcy by addressing unemployment and hunger brought about by the recent world crisis.

“Upang makamtan ang layuning ito, palalaguin natin ang mga oportunidad pangkabuhayan sa bawat sulok ng bansa. Sosolusyunan natin ang hirap at gutom dahil importante na maalagaan ang tiyan ng bawat Pilipino,” he said.

He likewise underscored the importance of Malasakit Centers in making sure that fast delivery of government services to the public.

Moreover, Go assured that should he win the elections, the Build Build Build projects that the Duterte Administration has started will be completed to guarantee a comfortable life for all.

“I intend to pursue and expand these efforts further towards overcoming this pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty,” Go assured.

“I will continue to serve especially those who need government attention the most — yung mga mahihirap po. I am determined to fulfill my role as a bridge for the poor, the needy, the hopeless and the helpless — connecting them to their government so that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed during these trying times,” he added.

The senator also vowed that he will be a working vice president and not just be on the sidelines.

“Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang. Asahan ninyo na ako ay totoong magtatrabaho — hindi lang sa salita, kundi sa gawa,” he said.

“I don’t want to be remembered as just another senator or vice president. I want to be remembered as a Public Servant na nalalapitan ng sinumang ordinaryong mamamayan at buong pusong nagsisilbi para sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa,” he further stated.

Go said that he will continue to provide service to the people to achieve the change that the country needs.

“Tulad ng bilin ni Pangulong Duterte sa akin, parati po at tinatandaan ko ito: “unahin mo ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipino at mahalin natin ang ating kapwa, hinding-hindi ka magkakamali,” he said. —/mbmf

Pacquiao wants to remove Cusi as PDP-Laban President; Cusi-wing retaliates

Maris Federez   •   December 3, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao is gunning to unite the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) by making peace with the party members.

“Yung mga nasa Cusi Wing, susuporta sa’kin, magpapasalamat ako para ma-unite ulit yung PDP,” Pacquiao said.

But the lawmaker said, to achieve unity within the party, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi must step down as the president of the PDP-Laban Cusi-wing.

“Si Cusi tanggalin na sa officer sa PDP kung may katungkulan man siya kasi nadadamay yung mga members na iba. Kasi may vested interest siya eh. Secretary ka ng Energy. May problema pa tayo sa kuryente tapos pulitika nang pulitika. Magserbisyo ka. Maghanap ka ng paraan para mapamura mo yung singil ng kuryente,” Pacquiao pointed out.

Cusi did not comment on Pacquaio’s statement, but Atty. Melvin Matibag retaliated on his behalf.

Matibag told Pacquiao to focus on strengthening his candidacy rather than picking a fight with  someone who is not a candidate.

“Senator Pacquiao must focus on the strength of his candidacy than trying to pick a fight with a non-candidate. Secretary Cusi remains as the President of the PDP Laban,” Matibag said.

Matibag said Cusi will remain as the president of the PDP-Laban Cusi-wing after being elected by the majority of the party which was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the party’s chairman.

“He was placed there in an election presided and witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Chairman of the Party,” he added.

Matibag also slammed Pacquiao’s statement which he said was “clearly misplaced and not properly thought out”.

To date, the ruling party is yet to decide whom to support as president in the 2022 national elections. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Mayor Sara hopes solid support for BBM-Sara Uniteam following Go’s withdrawal from prexy race

Maris Federez   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vice-presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that she is hoping for stronger support for her and presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. with the withdrawal of Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go from the race in the 2022 national elections.

In a statement, Mayor Sara said she is hoping that Senator Bong Go’s withdrawal will push for the continuing steps for unity among leaders and supporters.

“Now that Sen. Bong Go has declared his withdrawal from the presidential race and to quote him, ‘for the sake of unity among our supporters and leaders’, tuloy-tuloy na po tayo sa ating pagkakaisa kasama ang BBM-Sara Uniteam upang tayo ay magtagumpay sa ating hangarin para sa bansa,” she said.

Meanwhile, senatorial aspirant Antonio Trillanes IV said that whether or not the BBM-Sara tandem benefits from Senator Go’s withdrawal of candidacy will not affect Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Kasi maaaring lumakas din naman si Isko. Pero hindi rin naman makakaapekto kay VP Leni either way. So, we will just wait for the next survey,” Trillanes said.

The former senator also pointed out that BBM-Sara Uniteam alliances with former administrations will be favorable for the opposition.

“Yung pagsasanib pwersa nila Arroyo, Estrada, Marcos, pati nina Duterte, pabor yan sa oposisyon dahil liliwanag sa mga kababayan natin yung mga iniluwa na ng lipunan eh yun yung mga nagsasama sama,” he said.

On the other hand, the team-up of Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that even if they will not get the endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte, they will continue the good programs that the present administration has started.

“Ke endorse, ke hindi, talagang yung magagandang programa dapat ituloy. Lalo na yung ‘Build, Build, Build’,” Lacson said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Disqualification case filed against Marcos anew

Maris Federez   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A new disqualification case has been filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the bid of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos to run for president in the 2022 national elections.

Akbayan Partylist said they filed the case against Marcos citing his conviction for violating the Tax Code, a crime, the group claimed, that involves moral turpitude.

Akbayan Youth chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit said the Court’s decision convicting Marcos in 1995 for not filing his Income Tax Returns from 1982 to 1985 is a solid basis for their case.

“Dahil dun sa tax evasion case na yon permanently disqualified siya from running any govt position. So yun ang pinaghahawakan natin na ground ng ating complaint ngayon,” Naguit said.

The group called on Comelec to fast-track the process and immediately release a resolution on the case.

Meanwhile, the Marcos camp opined that the said move is just one of the many attempts to oppress and ensnare the former senator by a group of people whose hearts are filled with hate.

“We respect the right of every disillusioned group to take whatever legal action they think would best see their own agenda, as we also expect them to respect our right to be heard,” said Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson Atty. Victor D. Rodriguez.

“Hinggil sa mga kasong isinampa at isasampa pa laban kay BBM ay naniniwala kami na lahat nang ito ay bahagi ng patuloy na pang-aapi kay presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos ng iisang grupo ng mga taong likas na negatibo ang pananaw sa buhay, puno ng poot ang puso at ayaw na umusad ang bansa tungo sa magandang bukas,” he added.

Rodriguez reiterated that they will not be swayed by this latest development.

“Pero habang pilit na hinahadlangan ng mga grupong may mapanirang uri ng pulitika ang kandidatura ni Bongbong Marcos ay patuloy lang ang BBM-Sara Uniteam sa kanilang layunin na pagbuklurin ang bansa sa gitna ng pandemya at ibangon ang ating mga Kababayan sa ganap na kahirapan at patuloy na maghahatid ng pag-asa para sa lahat,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

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