The Manila Times : Sara Duterte won't abandon Marcos for another presidential bet – Lakas-CMD

22 February 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

VICE presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio will not abandon her running mate, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., her camp said, amid efforts of certain groups to pair the Davao City mayor with other presidential candidates for the upcoming May elections.

In a statement, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) said while it is grateful for the various groups' support for Duterte-Carpio's candidacy, it "does not condone" efforts of other groups pairing her with other presidential candidates.

Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, is vying for the vice-presidential seat under the Lakas-CMD party while Marcos is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

"The Lakas-CMD extends our fraternal greetings to all political groups that have come out in the open to express their support to our Vice Presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. Your dedicated service to the vice presidential campaign of Mayor Inday Sara truly warms our heart, and inspires all of us to work harder in order to secure an overwhelming victory for our candidate," Lakas-CMD said.

"We do not condone. However, efforts of certain groups to pair Mayor Inday Sara with other Presidential candidates. Lakas-CMD has entered into an alliance with the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) for the May 2022 elections, and we are committed to honor it," the party added.

Lakas-CMD, chaired by Duterte-Carpio, reaffirmed its support to Marcos and the senators included in the slate of the tandem, which has dubbed themselves as the UniTeam.

Currently, there are 11 confirmed senatorial candidates in the UniTeam's senatorial ticket, including Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, House of Representatives' Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, lawyer Larry Gadon, House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, former senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, former Public Works chief Mark Villar, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr., former defense chief Gilbert Teodoro, former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, and former Information and Communications Technology secretary Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan 2nd.

Last week, Duterte-Carpio said there are now 12 senatorial candidates in the UniTeam, as she included the name of actor Robin Padilla in the list.

However, Marcos later said that Padilla is not part—or at least not yet part—of the slate.

"Our candidate for President is Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. We also stand firmly united behind all senatorial candidates included in the UniTeam slate," Lakas-CMD said.

"Let us all embrace the call for unity which the BBM-Sara Uniteam help promote in their conversations with our people throughout the campaign period," it added.