By Edith Regalado | One News
Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said Sen. Bong Go’s decision to withdraw from the presidential race should unite the supporters of her father, President Duterte, behind her tandem with former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is running for vice president, said the withdrawal of Sen. Bong Go from the presidential race would enable her tandem with former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) to go full steam in its campaign for next year’s polls.
“Now that Sen. Bong Go has declared his withdrawal from the presidential race, and to quote him, ‘for the sake of unity among our supporters and leaders,’ tuloy-tuloy na po tayo sa ating pagkakaisa kasama ang BBM-Sara Uniteam upang tayo ay magtagumpay sa ating hangarin para sa bansa (there’s no more stopping our unity with the BBM-Sara Uniteam for the success of our goal for the nation),” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement on Thursday, Dec. 2.
The mayor likewise pointed out that when she launched her candidacy for vice president, she called on supporters of her father, President Duterte, to unite in pursuing the administration’s goals.
“Sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta ng administrasyong Duterte na magkaisa sa ating layunin na patuloy at palawakin pa ang mga magagandang nasimulan ng aking ama (To supporters of the Duterte administration, let us unite in our goal of pursuing further what my father has started),” the mayor said. Her spokesperson Liloan Mayor Cristina Frasco issued the statement.
“Nagpasalamat po ako sa inyong pagdinig sa aking hiling (Thank you for listening to my wish),” she said.
The President endorsed Go to be his successor and has attacked Marcos for being a spoiled and weak leader.
Meanwhile, supporters of Go picketed outside the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office on Thursday to ask him to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the presidential race.
Go has yet to file an application for withdrawal of his candidacy.
“It’s our belief, our sentiment that as long as he has not filed (application for withdrawal), he can continue his candidacy as president of the Philippines,” Glenn Badon, executive director of Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), said in Filipino. He added they are prepared to form a barricade around the Comelec premises to prevent Go from filing his application for withdrawal.
Earlier, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said candidates who wish to withdraw from the race should personally file with the poll body their application for withdrawal. They have until election day to file their withdrawal. – With Robertson Ramirez