TWO of the biggest allies of President Rodrigo Duterte—his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and his longtime aide Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go—visited Cebu, a vote-rich province, on Friday, July 9, 2021.
In separate interviews with the local press, Go said he is disinterested in joining the presidential race in the 2022 elections, while Carpio did not explicitly say she would not run for the presidency, but she said she is open to run for any national position.
In previous reports, President Rodrigo Duterte had been publicly giving hints that he wanted Go to run for President.
Go said he respects the decision of the President, but he said he wanted to focus on being a legislator.
He also said he is “tired of working 24-7,” and what he is thinking for now is for the country to win against the pandemic.
The neophyte senator also said he knows how tough the duties of the President are as he is with Duterte in most of his public functions.
“Please count me out or please count me last. Ulahi na lang ko ninyo apila anang politika kay di gyud ko interesado (Consider me the last option in politics because I’m not interested),” said Go in a press conference.
Carpio visited the office of Garcia at the Capitol Building in Cebu City, while Go witnessed as a guest of honor the groundbreaking of a housing project in Barangay Pulangbato. The senator later flew to Bohol for the turnover of housing units.
The mayor said she did not talk about the 2022 elections with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
The visit of Carpio lasted for two hours. It was her first visit to Cebu in nearly two years.
Carpio and Garcia were accompanied by Rep. Vincent Franco Frasco (Cebu, 5th District) and Davao Occidental Gov. Claude Bautista.
After the meeting, Carpio toured the museum of the Capitol Building.
Carpio told reporters that their conversation involved “light subjects,” but they also tackled the operations at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and its role amid the pandemic.
The Presidential daughter said she asked permission from Garcia that she would visit Cebu again so she could “talk to the Cebuanos.”
“It is important for us to talk to people, a lot of people. Sugot ra man pod si Gov (Gov agreed),” Carpio said.
The mayor said she is “scanning the environment” by talking to the people and knowing what they want, and this is “not necessarily about positions or the 2022 election,” she added.
Carpio thanked her supporters, including the private groups that hoisted tarps egging her to run. She had visited Cebu during the province’s 450th founding anniversary on Aug. 6, 2019. (JJL,ANV/KAL)