PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, dismissed the claim of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio that the Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) turned her down when she asked for their support for her candidacy as vice president in the 2022 national elections.

“I will let the PDP leadership clarify these matters in due time. Alam ko naman po na wala kaming tinatanggihan (I know that we did not deny anyone.) Being the administration party, we have always exerted efforts to reach out to those who are supportive of PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte),” Go said in a statement.

“As I have said earlier, kung ako lang ang tatanungin, siya ang aking sinusuportahan sa pagka-bise presidente (I will support her as vice president),” he added.

Go is running under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) party along with Duterte who is running for senator.

Meanwhile, in a statement, PDP-Laban Secretary General Melvin Matibag said their faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi “toed the line” when the leadership decided to continue supporting Go.

He did not directly answer Carpio’s claim that they rejected her.

“We respect the decision of Mayor Sara Duterte, but the PDP has its alliance with PDDS among others. Our alliances are strong and our leaders’ and members’ discipline, spirit and morale are high,” Matibag said.

“We have toed the line and will support the candidacy of Senator Bong Go for President and President Rodrigo Duterte for Senator,” he added.

On Tuesday, Duterte-Carpio said she ended up deciding to team up with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. after PDP Laban chaired by his father, Duterte, rejected her.

Duterte-Carpio and Marcos is running under Lakas- Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, respectively.

Duterte earlier expressed displeasure on Duterte-Carpio’s decision to run for the second top post in the national government, citing her good standing in various presidential surveys.

He blamed Marcos’ camp for Carpio’s decision.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has offered Carpio the chairmanship of Lakas-CMD.