As the election draws near, politicians are now more candid about their plans for 2022. Here’s a roundup of the latest political news.
Robredo’s vows fair treatment to VP Duterte
Vice President Leni Robredo said that if she and incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte trade places, ending up as president and vice president respectively in the upcoming polls, she will not treat him the same way he has treated her.
“I don’t like to debate on the legality. Kung tumakbo siya at manalo siya, wish ko sa kanya, sana hindi niya pagdaanan ang mga pinagdaanan ko noong VP ako,” Robredo said in an ANC interview.
(Translation: If he runs for Vice President and he wins, my wish for him is not to experience the things I had endured when I was Vice President.)
Duterte fired Robredo from her position as the drug czar 19 days after her appointment in November 2019. The president also ordered her to “desist from attending all Cabinet meetings” as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), forcing her to resign from the post in December 2016.
While Robredo has yet to confirm her presidential bid, she has long been eyed as the “unifying candidate” of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan.
Duterte’s senatorial bets bared
President Rodrigo Duterte's prospective senatorial bets in the 2022 elections were revealed by a high-ranking official of the ruling PDP-Laban party on Tuesday (July 20).
PDP-Laban vice president for the Visayas, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, told CNN Philippines that the president has discussed the initial list with some party leaders, including him.
The list included several Cabinet members and officials of the Duterte administration:
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Greco Belgica
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar
Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed
Unlike others, such as presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who have been less forthcoming about their intent to run for higher office, Sen. Panfilo Lacson has already confirmed his bid for the highest government post. Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III will be gunning for the nation’s two highest positions in the upcoming 2022 national elections, Lacson officially confirmed to several news organizations on Tuesday (July 20).
As early as June, Sotto said he would "definitely" be Lacson's running mate if the three-term senator and former PNP chief would run for president. Lacson, for his part, has also previously said that it is already “cast in stone” that Sotto would be his running mate should he join the presidential race. In the past few days, both Sotto and Lacson have been making rounds in Luzon to meet with local officials.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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