ABOUT 18 city and town mayors allied with the ruling PDP-Laban are supporting moves to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to run for the vice presidential seat during the 2022 national and local elections.
This was agreed on following the resolution passed by the mayors in Metro Manila allied with the ruling party asking Duterte to run for vice president.
Those who signed include local chief executives Ronda Mayor Terrence Mariano Blanco, Moalboal Mayor Paz Rozgoni, Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho, Asturias Mayor Jose Antonio Pintor, Consolacion Mayor Joannes Alegado, Consolacion Vice Mayor Teresita Alegado, City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Carcar City Mayor Mercedita Apura, Medellin Mayor Joven Mondigo Jr, Tabogon Mayor Zigfred Duterte, Ginatilan Mayor Dean Michael Singco, Sibonga Mayor Leonel Bacaltos, Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña, San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya, Lapu-Lapu City Vice Mayor Celedonio Sitoy, Malabuyoc Mayor Lito Narciso Creus, Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Tabuelan Mayor Rex Casiano Gerona and Talisay City Mayor Gerald "Samsam" Gullas.
Others who also signed the manifesto were Cebu Provincial Board members Glenn Soco, Jerome Librando and Thadeo Jovito Ouano, as well as Cebu Reps. Emmarie "Lolypop" Ouano-Dizon (Cebu, 6th) and Janice Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th).
Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) chairman of the Board of Directors Jose Daluz III and MCWD director Mike Pato were also present during the meeting and also signed the manifesto.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who sits as the vice chairman of the PDP-Laban, disclosed about the passed resolution in a private meeting attended by some Cebu officials on March 10, 2021.
The local officials, in return, adopted the resolution.
As for their party's potential presidential bet, Cusi said there is no word about it yet.
Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino said the party will let Duterte choose whom he would want as running mate should he accept the call of some members of the PDP-Laban.
Dino said Duterte had hinted that he wants Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go to run for the country's highest seat in 2022 after he addressed him as "president" in a joint meeting held in Cagayan de Oro City during the weekend.
Dino said should Duterte have Go run as President, the PDP-Laban-allied officials in Cebu will support his decision.
A manifesto was also signed by some Cebu mayors, board members and congressmen supporting the continuity of the government's 10-Point Socio-Economic Agenda and the ongoing Covid-19 action plan of government including the Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for Covid-19.
"With the impending transition of power in 2022, we further commit to support a transition of leadership that will guarantee continuity of President Duterte's socio-economic agenda," the manifesto states.
It was signed by 18 mayors, three vice mayors, three board members and two congressmen.
Dino said in his talk with Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, the mayor said he will support whatever will be the decision of the president.
The private meeting was also attended by those who belong in political parties that have supported the PDP-Laban such as Nacionalist Party (NP), Nationalist People's Coalition, Lakas and National Unity Party, said Nixon Dizon, the PDP-Laban Cebu Provincial President.
Dizon said it was not agreed yet, nor discussed who the running mate of Duterte will be should he accept the call of the PDP-Laban members, but he said they will support the decision.
Cusi said they have been doing a gathering of the PDP-Laban members to strengthen the party, as well as to urge the PDP-Laban members to help the president with his programs, especially the campaign on vaccination.
After Cebu, Cusi said they will also go to Mindanao for the same PDP-Laban gathering. (JJL)