Roque hoping for ‘miracle’ of Sara Duterte running for president

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is hoping for a “miracle” that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte would run as president in the May 2022 national elections.

Roque is still undecided about running for senator in the 2022 polls but will consider pushing through if Sara, who filed her candidacy for reelection in Davao City, changes her mind.

He made this remark after the People’s Reform Party (PRP) disclosed that he is among the senatorial candidates of the political party formed by the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

“Unang-una po, umaasa pa rin tayo na gaya ng sinabi natin na nais natin tumakbo kasama po si Mayor Sara, ‘yan po yung pinaka importanteng konsiderasyon. (We are still hopeful that I could run together with Mayor Sara, that’s the most important consideration),” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Roque acknowledged that Sara herself has dismissed substituting for other candidates, but he is still hoping that she would rethink this decision.

“Habang hindi pa po tapos ‘yung substitution marami pa rin pong umaasa. Alam ko po sinabi niya hindi na talaga, pero malay niyo naman po magkaroon ng milagro (While substitution has not ended yet, there are still those hoping. I know she said she won’t run, but a miracle could still happen),” he added.

Political parties only have until November 15 to replace their candidates for the 2022 polls.

Roque said he was also considering the huge amount of money needed to campaign for a national position.

“Ako po’y hindi anak mayaman, hindi po ako anak politiko. Napakatinding paghamon ‘yung salapi na kinakailangan para tumakbo (I was not born with rich parents and I am not the child of politicians. The amount needed to run for a national post is a huge challenge),” he added.

On October 2, Sara filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for her third and final term for mayor.

She did not give in to her supporters’ clamor for her to run for president in the 2022 polls up to the last minute of the COC filing last October 8.

Instead, it was former Philippine National Police chief, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who filed his COC for president under PDP-Laban. He is also a member of Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago party.

In a press statement last Friday, PRP vice president Rey David said Roque is expected to join former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. in the PRP Senate slate as a substitute candidate.

He said the party is also hopeful that Sara would reconsider her political decision and run for the presidency. (PNA)


Comelec logo. (Photo from PNA)

By Pearl Gumapos

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday, Oct. 17, said it will release the final list of candidates for the 2022 elections in December.

“Ine-expect natin ang final list mga around December. Ayun ang final. Ang pagsasala magagaganap ngayon hanggang that point,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said during an interview with radio DZBB.

Jimenez said that not all who filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) will be included in the official list. He added that 95% are considered as nuisance candidates by the Comelec that must be removed from the official list.

“Again, sa pagka-Presidente lang 97. Ang dami mo nang sasalain kaagad. Sa VP [vice president], 28. Medyo talagang maraming trabaho,” Jimenez said.

“Unang tingin mo pa lang alam mong makakatanggal ka ng mga 95% na mga magfile. Siguro matitira sa atin hindi lalampas ng sampu,” he added.


 Broadcaster and senatorial aspirant Raffy Tulfo on Monday said the camp of Sen. Manny Pacquiao asked him to run as the lawmaker’s vice president in the 2022 elections.

“Sinabi ko na napakabilis naman ata agad yun bang paglundag, vice president agad. Sabi ko, isa pa, hindi ko puwedeng banggain si Pangulong Duterte dahil siya’y kaibigan ko. Isa pa, nandiyan si Sen. Tito Sotto, di ko rin puwedeng banggain. Pumayag naman sila,” he said.

Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo files his certificate of candidacy. Screengrab

Pacquiao made the offer to Tulfo even as he has already tapped Deputy Speaker and Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza to be his running mate.

Tulfo, who is gunning for a Senate seat, is already included in Pacquiao’s slate along with several senators up for reelection and former lawmakers seeking a comeback. The lineup also includes a labor leader and human rights lawyer.


Theminority party Aksyon Demokratiko is getting stornger as thousands of politicians join the party led by presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

“We had 4,000 more or less candidates jumping ship from different political parties nationwide,” Aksyon Chairman Ernest Ramel told ‘The Chiefs’ on Cignal’s One News.

“They want to be adopted because they believe in the party’s principles and believe in what Mayor Isko stands for,” he added.

DUTERTE to lead start of roadshow for Bato-Go tandem in 2022 election


No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will lead start of a national roadshow for the BAGO tandem (Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for President and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for Vice President) of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2022 elections.

The faction led by party president Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi iPDP-Laban will fire the starting gun to kick off the event in Iligan City on Saturday, October 16.

“It would be like a political rally that would include acknowledgment and raising of the hands of our official candidates in local posts, new members would take their oath and everyone would be given a chance to give their commitment to support the candidates of the party,” Melvin Matibag, party secretary-general, said on Friday.

Duterte in the event expected to be attended by some 250 local candidates, officials and leaders of PDP-Laban, will endorse the party’s local candidates, said Manubag.


Filipinos in a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) picked broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo as their most preferred senatorial candidate for the 2022 polls.

The survey, which was commissioned by Stratbase ADR Institute, Inc., found that 57% of the adult Filipino respondents picked Tulfo as their top senatorial candidate.

The SWS survey, which was conducted on Sept. 12 to 16, asked 1,200 adult Filipinos to pick from the list their 12 preferred senators, should the 2022 elections took place that day.

In the survey, Tulfo was followed by Sorsogon governor Chiz Escudero (41%), House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda (41%), and former Public Works and Highways chief Mark Villar (41%), who were all tied in second to fourth place.

Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano placed fifth with 38%, followed by  Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri at sixth place with 34%, and former senator Jinggoy Estrada at seventh place with 29%.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan, who is vying for the vice presidency in the 2022 polls, ranked eighth with 28%, while comedian Willie Revillame and Senator Risa Hontiveros tied at the ninth and 10th place with both 25%.

Completing the so-called “Magic 12” are reelectionists Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Richard Gordon who tied in the 11th and 12th place,

PACQUIAO TO BONGBONG MARCOS: Return ill-gotten wealth, apologize to Filipinos

Whatever ill-gotten wealth they have, they should return it to the government because the public is clamoring for it, said Senator Manny Pacquiao refering to the Marcos family in a remark intended for former senatorFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. ., the son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

Like Pacquiao, Bngbong is also running for for presidency in the 2022 national elections.

The Marcos family should return their ill-gotten wealth and apologize for abuses during the presidency of their late patriarch, Pacquiao said Friday.

Pacquiao said he is open to review the cases related to the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth should he be elected as president.

PACQUIAO: Team-up with Robredo possible

“Hanggang hindi pa tapos ang November 15, anything can happen, possible sa lahat ng mangyayari. Hindi tayo nag-close ng door,” Senator Manny Pacquiao said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channelsaid Friday when asked on a possible team-up with Vice President Leni Robredo.

Pacquiao and Robredo are seeking the presidency in next year’s election.

While both have filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for president, the senator said he is still open to the possibility of teaming up with the vice president, especially as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) allows substitution of candidates until November 15. 

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DE LIMA, TRILLANES in Robredo’s Senate slate for 2022 election

Vice President Leni Robredo n Friday, October 15, announced 11 names for her senatorial ticket in the 2022 polls.

It includes a former vice president, five incumbent senators, two returning senators, and one former congressman representing seven parties from across the political spectrum.

They are :

  1. Teddy Baguilat Jr.  (Liberal Party)
  2. Jojo Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)
  3. Leila de Lima (Liberal Party)
  4. Chel Diokno (Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino)
  5. Chiz Escudero (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  6. Dick Gordon (Bagumbayan VNP Movement)
  7. Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan Party)
  8. Alex Lacson (Kapatiran Party)
  9. Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo)
  10. Joel Villanueva (Independent)
  11. Migz Zubiri (Independent)

Robredo is running as an independent candidate, while her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is seeking the vice presidency underopoosition Liberal Party (LP).