BY ED LIBRANDA
DUTERTE TO GIVE BLESSINGS TO PACQUIAO, MARCOS, AND MORENO IF INDAY SARA AND SEN. BONG GO WILL NOT RUN
The political noise has started to reverberate right into the Malacanang Palace when President Rodrigo Duterte has said through his spokesperson, former Congressman Harry Roque who said in a press briefing at the Malacanang that it is true, that Duterte has given his blessings to Sen. Manny Pacquiao, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., and current city mayor of Manila, Isko Moreno. if Davao City Mayor Inday Sara and Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, will definitely run during the May 2022 presidential election.
Is this a ploy of the President to test the presidential ambition of some of the wannabees eyeing the highest political position of the land, the presidency of the republic?
At the very outset, the President was in favor of his daughter Davao City Inday Saran Duterte Carpio to run for the 2022 presidential election
In a press release last January 14, 2021, President Duterte said: " that the presidency was no job for a woman because of their emotional differences to men, and dismissed speculation that his daughter would succeed him next year."
And the statement coming from his father, the President was confirmed by the Davao City Mayor a month after, on Feb. 22, 2021, when Inday Sara said she was not interested in the 2022 presidential election. When asked in a radio interview, Inday Sara may change her decision, she said "For now, no."
But there has been much talk that Senator Christopher "Bong" Go and President Rodrigo Duterte is the team that Filipino voters prefer in next year's May presidential elections.
Again, if this tandem of Go-Duterte would ever succeed during the Comelec registration of presidential candidacies, before the official proclamation of the Go-Duterte tandem, there is a possibility that Senator Go may drop his candidacy in favor of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
If the political ploy of those handling the presidential campaign would be able to convince the presidential daughter, and unless those senatorial candidates who carried the banner of Hupong Sa Pagbabago political party, and who won during the 2018 midterm election, make a political payback by campaigning for Inday Sarah, and then eventually make it official. the Duterte-Duterte tandem, then this becomes an unbeatable team of daughter-father just like what happened in Davao City. This is only possible if Sen. Bong Go will eventually drop his candidacy in favor of Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
But truthfully, at the beginning of the presidential campaign for the 2022 May presidential election, I have been banking on the duo of Duterte-Marcos team or vice versa, but again its too early to speculate on what the Filipino voters prefer
Now, President Duterte is in a much better position to know whom he can trust to continue on the BUILD BUILD BUILD infrastructure projects he has started, especially the most high priced contract of the underground train tunnel expected to start running at the end of 2025, a very ambitious project, along the various roads and bridges projects all over the Philippines, more importantly, the railway project that will link most of the important cities and provinces in Mindanao.