By Jeanne Michael Penaranda
DAVAO CITY – Is Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio teaming up with Sen. Maria Imelda “Imee” Marcos in the 2022 presidential election?
It seems so if President Rodrio Duterte is to be believed.
During his weekly public address, the elder Duterte said the lady senator went to Davao City “hoping” that she would be tapped as Sara’s running mate in 2022.
“Si Imee ganito ang laro niyan eh. pinuntahan niya si Mayor Duterte sa Davao hoping na magtakbo yun siya ang maging bise. Eh hindi naman tatakbo, sabi ni Mayor Sara Duterte hindi siya magtakbo,” said Duterte, who is running for vice president next year.
Meanwhile, Sen. Manny Pacquiao is determined to run for president as he turned down offers for him to be the vice president of Vice President Leni Robredo or Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Pacquiao said he could run for president as independent candidate if his faction with Sen. Aquilino Koko Pimentel of the PDP-Laban will be outvoted by the Commission on Elections over the faction of President Duterte and Alfonso Cusi.
Interviewed by still in Los Angeles, Pacquiao unveiled his “20 rounds” platform for the campaign.
But he clarified that he has not officially decided on whether to run for president or not, adding that he has three options – the presidency, reelection in the Senate or retire entirely from politics.
Earlier, Senator Marcos floated the idea of her brother, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., becoming Sara’s running mate, calling the tandem “a marriage made in heaven.”
Sara, however, denied the elder Duterte’s statement as she reiterated she is yet to decide on her political plans for 2022 but has said that she is open to running for president.
“Talks with Imee on her possible VP run never happened,” Sara said.
Marcos said her brother has been in talks with several parties like the two factions of PDP-Laban and the Nacionalista Party of which he is a member.
The senator said her brother has also talked to Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
The younger Marcos was defeated in the 2016 elections, yielding to incumbent Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. He protested the results, but the appeal was junked by the Supreme Court in February.
Duterte-Carpio’s latest comments came after she urged her father and the ruling party PDP-Laban to be accountable with their political decisions for next year’s elections.
Breaking her silence on the purported Go-Duterte tandem, Duterte-Carpio said her father wanted her to take Go as her vice-president if she runs for president, even as Duterte said he will run for vice president with Go as president.
“The President very recently personally confirmed to me that he will run for Vice President and Senator Go as president. It was not a pleasant event. I was left with 2 letters endorsed to me by the President for consideration—one note explained why i should endorse the Go-Duterte tandem and the other suggested that I take in Senator Go as my Vice-President,” she said.
Speaking up on the Go-Duterte tandem for the first time, Duterte-Carpio said: “I strongly suggest to the President and Senator Go to own up publicly their decision to run as a tandem. If they can confirm it privately, then I do not see the reason why they cannot be candid about it to the public. They should simply present to the people what they can offer to our country and how they can help our fellow Filipinos. I respectfully advise them to stop talking about me and make the reason for them running or not running.”