The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Wednesday, September 8, officially nominated the tandem of Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 2022 presidential elections.
The faction held its national convention on Wednesday to officially announce its presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial bets for the upcoming elections.
Go on Wednesday reiterated that he had already declined and that the party should respect his decision.
"Inuulit ko, hindi po ako interesadong tumakbo sa pagkapangulo sa darating na halalan.… Unahin 'nyo na lang po ang may gusto," said Go.
(I repeat, I am not interested in running for the presidency in the upcoming elections. Just prioritize others who may want to.)
Despite Go's rejection, PDP-Laban officials said that the party will continue to convince him to run and wait for him "until the end.”
"Anything can happen between now and October 1. Even up to the last minute [of certificate of candidacy filing] on October 8," said PDP-Laban executive president and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
During his speech at the national convention, Duterte said he was running for vice president out of his "love of country."
"Is it ambition? Maybe. Is it a sense of love of country? Yes. Is it really because I want to see the continuity of my efforts even though I may not be the one giving the directions? Baka makatulong lang ako. Alam 'nyo na ang problema: droga pa rin, terorismo, nandiyan NPA," the President said.
(I might be able to help. You already know the problems: drugs, terrorism, the NPA.)