President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo has floated the idea of a Duterte-Go tandem for next year’s election, with presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio running for president and Duterte’s longtime aide Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as her running mate.
Panelo earlier proposed a possible Duterte-Duterte combination, with the Davao City mayor running for president and her father for vice president and the Go-Duterte team-up with Go running for president and the chief executive for vice president.
Panelo suggested the Duterte-Go tandem during his commentary show on May 1.
“Alam niyo, sa halalan 2022, tatlo lang ang papaikutin natin kung sino ang tatakbo: Mayor Sara-Presidente Duterte tandem o Mayor Sara, Bise Presidente si Bong Go or Bong Go for president and Duterte for vice president, yun (The 2022 elections will boil down to just three choices — the Mayor Sara-President Duterte tandem, Mayor Sara with Bong Go as vice president, or Bong Go as president and Duterte as vice president,” he said.
Panelo again expressed confidence the presidential daughter will heed public clamor and run.
“Kahit ayaw niya ng personal, eh siya talaga ang gusto (Even if she personally does not want to, she is the people’s choice),” he said.
Panelo’s take on the possible team-ups for the presidential derby does not conform with Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. ‘s thinking the President does not intend to run in 2022 because he “wants to rest.”
Roque also said the President does not want his daughter to run for president.
Duterte-Carpio has said there is no chance she will run for the presidency next year.
Speculations Duterte was gravitating towards Go as his choice surfaced after he repeatedly referred to Go as “president” during his speaking engagements last March. He even said it was always Go’s dream to become president.
Go has downplayed the President’s statements but added he will take a crack at the presidency only if Duterte agrees to be his running mate.
Roque said if the presidential daughter and Go decide not to run, Duterte will choose from among Sen. Manny Pacquiao, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
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