It’s Go-Duterte for PDP-Laban in 2022

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows one of the 16 legislations he signed during the ceremonial signing of bills at the Malacañang Palace on June 24, 2021. Bills he signed are the following: Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Naguilian District Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Rosario District Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Sinait District Hospital, Establishing the Bacolod City General Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center, Converting the Medina Extension Hospital into the First Misamis Oriental General Hospital, Converting the Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital into the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomiasis Center, Renaming Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center into the Eastern Visayas Medical Center, Establishing the Davao Occidental General Hospital, Establishing the Conrado F. Estrella Regional Medical and Trauma Center, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the East Avenue Medical Center, Establishing the Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales General Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Lying-In Clinic in Rizal, Palawan, Converting the Basilan State College into the Basilan State University, Renewing the Franchise of the Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation for Another 25 Years, and Reapportioning the Province of Bataan into Three (3) Legislative Districts. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

It almost final: Senator Christoper Lawrence “Bong” Go and President Rodrigo Duterte will run for president and vice president, respectively, under the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in 2022.

PDP-Laban Secretary General Melvin Matibag said the formal declaration of the Go-Duterte tandem will be on September 8 during the party’s national convention.

 

He added that the Go-Duterte tandem was discussed during a virtual meeting of the party’s national executive council and officers on Wednesday.

 

“There was an endorsement that they undergo the process of nomination during the national convention on September 8. It was unanimous — every member of the national executive committee and its officers,” Matibag told a national daily.

 

“There was already an endorsement that the tandem of Go and Duterte be subjected to the national convention on September 8,” he added.

 

PDP-Laban president and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said that Go-Duterte tandem will be confirmed by the party’s national executive council.

“In our PDP national executive council meeting yesterday, It was agreed to present to the forthcoming national convention the tandem of Go-Duterte for 2022 election,” he said.

Although Go has been non-committal in running for president in 2022, he exhibited the same behavior when he was urged to run for senator.

The move to formalize the Go-Duterte tandem will shut out any chances for Senator Manny Pacquiao to become the standard bearer of the ruling party in 2022. Pacquiao was ousted last month as party president. Cusi was elected as the new PDP-Laban president.

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