Ruling party PDP-Laban has named Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as its standard bearer in the 2022 national elections, with President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice president.

PDP-Laban members from Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi’s faction made the nominations on Wednesday during a national convention in Pampanga.

Go however said that he remained uninterested in running for the presidency.

“Inuulit ko, hindi po ako interesadong tumakbo sa pagka-Pangulo sa darating na halalan. Nakatutok po ang buong puso at isipan ko sa pagseserbisyo sa aking kapwa at wala po akong hangarin na makipagkumpitensya sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa,” he said in a statement.

Duterte, on the other hand, said the reason he would pursue the vice presidency was that he wanted the continuity of his programs.

“Is it ambition? Maybe. But is it really a sense of love of country? Yes. It is really because I want to see the continuity of my efforts even though I may not be the one giving the direction. Baka makatulong lang ako,” he said.

Aside from Go and Duterte, the Cusi faction of PDP-Laban nominated the following as its senatorial bets:

  • Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
  • Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
  • Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade
  • Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez
  • Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr.
  • Public Works Secretary Mark Villar
  • Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Grego Belgica
  • House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta

The 2022 national elections are set for May 9, 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro