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.

THE DURIAN BEAT: Sara can still run for President, without substituting for Bato

Sara for President in 2022 still alive


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte can still run for President in the 2022 elections through substitution, even if she cannot substitute for Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa or Ernie Abella, who have filed their Cetificates of Candidacy (COC) for president seen as in preparation for Sara’s presidency by substitution.

Sara has dumped a presidential run and has already filed a reelection bid. But speculations are rife she would withdraw her mayoral bid and switch to a crack at the presidency and file her COC before November15, the deadline for filing by substitution candidates.

But who will Sara replace as a presidential candidate?


She cannot replace Bato, a close ally of her father President Rodrigo Duterte, who belongs to the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), who filed his COC under that party. Also note that Sara has said that she and the regional party she founded, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, are not comfortable with the PDP-Laban, that is chaired by President Duterte.

Sara also cannot be a subsitute for Abella, a former Duterte spokesman, because he filed his COC as an independent candidate.

The Omnibus Election Code says a candidate can only be subsituted by another who belongs to the same party, which rules out Bato. An independent candidate, like Abella, can not also be substituted under the rules of the election code.

So, quo vadis Sara, if she wants to answer the call of Pinoys to be the country’s next President if she cannot file as a subsitution for Bato and Abella?

There is a knight in shining armor and a party she can hold on to in this predicament: Leonardo Fernandez, who has filed his COC for President, and the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP), the national party that he leads. If Sara is looking for somebody to substitute, it is Fernandez. The election code does not bar any politicians from joininganyparty. The party would welcome her with open arms because it has in fact prepared the Fernandez presidential bid for the eventuality of a subsitution secenario for the 2022 polls for Sara.

What now? Sara becomes a member of PPP, gets a Certification of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA), go to Comelec anytime during the substitution period that ends on November 15, file a new COC and CONA as substitute for Fernandez, and, given that she is way, way ahead by many miles against potential rivals in the presidential preference surveys by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, zoom away to victory in the race to Malacanang in May 2022.


The scenario of Sara runnong for President as a subsitute candidate of the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) is detailed in a Manila Times, October 9, report:

PPP presidential candidate offers slot for Mayor Sara

The chairman of the Davao-based Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) has filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president to keep their hopes of a Sara Duterte-Carpio presidency alive.

Former Tourism Secretary and Cebu gubernatorial candidate Ace Durano disclosed this move by PPP chairman Leonardo Fernandez.

Durano, regional president of PPP-Central Visayas, said Fernadez filed his COC for president so that Duterte-Carpio will have the option for a substitution should the Davao City mayor decide to run for the country’s highest government position.

The filing of COC ended last Friday, October 8, but changes remain possible as the deadline for substitution is on November 15 yet.

“During the convention, the PPP nominated Inday Sara-Duterte as the party’s candidate for president,” said Durano.

“Now the chairman of PPP, Mr. Leo Fernandez filed COC for President to give an opportunity to Mayor Inday for substitution if she decides to run for president,” Durano added.

PDP-Laban Senate line-up file COC for 2022 polls

President Rodrigo R. Duterte showed up at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City to support the administration’s senatorial bets as the filing of certificates of candidacy ended on Friday.

Duterte raised the hands of the eight Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) bets, three of whom are former Cabinet secretaries.

The eight aspirants are House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta; Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo; Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair Greco Belgica; former secretaries John Castriciones (Agrarian Reform), Gregorio Honasan (Information and Communications Technology), and Mark Villar (Public Works and Highways); actor Robin Padilla; and broadcaster Rey Langit.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the standard bearer of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan, files his certificate of candidacy at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City on Friday (Oct. 8, 2021). He is flanked by Senator Francis Tolentino (left) and party president and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. (PNA photo by Joey Razon)

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, PDP-Laban’s vice-presidential candidate, joined Duterte.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa also filed his COC as the party standard bearer.

PDP-Laban fields Bato-Bong tandem

MANILA – Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is the presidential bet of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), a decision which has long been arrived at but was kept under wraps.The neophyte senator and former Philippine National Police chief filed his… Read More

Duterte attends PDP-Laban bets’ COC filing

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte showed up at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City to support the administration’s senatorial bets as the filing of certificates of candidacy ended on Friday.Duterte raised the hands of the eight Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas – Lakas ng… Read More


Filipinos against him running for VP

SPresident Rodrigo Duterte announced today thathe is retiring from politics and is not running for any polsition in the 2022 elections.

Duterte made the announcement as Senator Chrsitopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed his CoC today, October 2, under the banner of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Go, was accompanied by President Duterte, as he filed the CoC at around 2:30PM before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Duterte caught not a few by surprise on Saturday when he announced his retirement from politics after he steps down from office in June next year.

 Duterte made the pronouncement when he accompanied Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, his former longtime aide, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). In a speech at Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City,

Duterte said he withdrew his vice-presidential bid in consideration of public sentiment that his intent to seek the second top post violates the Constitution. “Now, I’d like to address myself to the entire nation.

The universal sentiment of the Filipino has been reflected in the different surveys and in many forums, caucuses, and meetings to discuss what should I do in my life. The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution,” Duterte said. Read More

BONG GO files Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for vice president in 2022 election

Senator Chrsitopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed his CoC Saturday, October 2, under the banner of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Go, accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte, filed the CoC before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Read: Go accepts challenge to continue Duterte reforms

“Napag-desisyon kong tumakbo bilang bise presidente sa darating na halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at tunay na pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte. Sisikapin natin dagdagan pa ang mga ito,” Go said after filing his COC at the Sofitel Manila Hotel.

Among Go’s plans is to continue the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality in the country.

He also aims to help the economy recover from the pandemic.

“Walang tigil dapat ang kampanya natin kontra iligal na droga, korapsyon, at kriminalidad. Hindi dapat masayang ang mga nasimulang ito kung kaya’t sa susunod na anim na taon ay sisikapin natin ma-proteksyunan ang buhay at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak.”

“Ang ganda na sana ang takbo ng ating ekonomiya at ng administrasyong Duterte kung hindi lang tayo tinamaan ng krisis. Sisikapin nating maibalik sa normal ang ating pamumuhay at muling maiahon mula sa hirap ang ating mga kababayan,” he added.

Go said he will continue, as well, the Build, Build, Build projects that were started during the Duterte administration in order to ensure a more comfortable and peaceful life for Filipinos.

“I intend to pursue and expand these efforts further towards overcoming this pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty. Sisiguraduhin nating walang maiiwan sa ating muling pagbangon bilang isang mas matatag na bansa,” Go said.

He will continue to serve the poor and is determined to become a bridge between them and the government.

Go says the poor will be his priority.

“I will continue to serve especially those who need government attention the most, iyong mga mahihirap. I am determined to fulfill my role as a bridge for the poor, the needy, the hopeless, and the helpless, connecting them to their government so that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed during these trying times. Bawa’t buhay po ay pinapahalagahan natin lalo na iyong mga walang ibang matakbuhan. Sila po ang prioridad natin dito. Kapakanan nila ang pinaglalaban dito,” he said.

“I will be a working vice president na gagawin ang lahat ng aking makakaya para makapagsilbi sa inyong lahat. Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang. Asahan ninyo na ako ay totoong magtatrabaho hindi lang sa salita kundi sa gawa.” – bny

PACQUIAO files bid for president in 2022 election

Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza as his running mate

Senator Manny Pacquiao has filed his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national elections in a race that would pit him against the candidate of President Rodrigo Duterte, a former political ally..

Boxing champion optimistic about his winning chances

Pacquiao is by an alliance composed of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (Promdi), and the People’s Champ Movement (PCM).

Pacquiao said an alliance was sought since there is still a problem with PDP-Laban.

“We have an alliance PDP-Laban, Promdi and PCM…since there is still a problem with the party, we opted to use Promdi,” he said in a briefing after filing his COC.

The boxing champion is optimistic about his chances in next year’s polls.

A faction of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas, led by the boxer-turned-senator himself, earlier nominated Pacquiao as their standard-bearer for the 2022 polls. 

Pacquia, filed his candidacy along with Rep. Lito Atienza (Buhay Party-list), who will be his running mate.

Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee accompanied him in filing his candidacy before the Commission on Elections on the first day of filing on Friday. Read More

Duterte formally accepts nomination as PDP-Laban’s VP bet

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has formally accepted his nomination as the official vice presidential candidate of the ruling party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), for the 2022 national elections. Duterte signed the PDP-Laban’s certificate of nomination… Read More

FEARLESS FORECAST: Pacquiao, Robredo, Moreno joining forces vs. Duterte bets

Pacquiao, Robredo, Moreno joining forces vs. Duterte bets



The faction of Senator Manny Pacquiao of the Partido Demokratiko Pilpino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) yesterday picked Senator Manny Pacquiao as its standard bearer in the 2022 election.

 The faction of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan led by Sen. Manny Pacquiao has formally nominated the boxer-turned-senator as their presidential candidate and standard-bearer for the 2022 pollls during the party’s 11th National Assembly held online Sunday afternoon.

Pacquiao has yet to choose his running mate for the 2022 elections.

Pacquiao is the second politician to officially confirm his intention to run for the presidency, after Senator Panfilo Lacson of the Reporma Party.