‘Done deal’? PDP-Laban national council nominates Bong Go-Duterte for 2022

Camille Elemia
‘Done deal’? PDP-Laban national council nominates Bong Go-Duterte for 2022

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows one of the 16 legislations he signed during the ceremonial signing of bills at the Malacañang Palace on June 24, 2021. Bills he signed are the following: Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Naguilian District Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Rosario District Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Sinait District Hospital, Establishing the Bacolod City General Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center, Converting the Medina Extension Hospital into the First Misamis Oriental General Hospital, Converting the Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital into the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomiasis Center, Renaming Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center into the Eastern Visayas Medical Center, Establishing the Davao Occidental General Hospital, Establishing the Conrado F. Estrella Regional Medical and Trauma Center, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the East Avenue Medical Center, Establishing the Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales General Hospital, Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Lying-In Clinic in Rizal, Palawan, Converting the Basilan State College into the Basilan State University, Renewing the Franchise of the Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation for Another 25 Years, and Reapportioning the Province of Bataan into Three (3) Legislative Districts. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


(2nd UPDATE) The nomination will be officially held on September 8 during the ruling party's national convention

The national executive council of ruling party PDP-Laban has nominated the tandem of Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 2022 presidential elections.

At least three sources from the PDP-Laban group led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told Rappler about the said development. Cusi also confirmed it.

The council met via Zoom on Wednesday, August 4, and adopted the resolution nominating Go as the party’s standard-bearer and his longtime boss, Duterte, as his running mate. (READ: Duterte says he’ll run for vice president to be immune from suit)

The resolution is currently being circulated for officers’ signatures. The nomination would then be officially held on September 8 during the party’s national convention.

“The NEC members unanimously voted and passed the resolution endorsing Senator Bong Go to be the party’s presidential candidate in the national convention when the party will name its candidates for president, vice president, and senators,” a high-ranking party official, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak with the media, told Rappler on Thursday, August 5.

Another party officer said, “He is nominated, but decision will be subjected during the national convention.”

A third source said, “Of course it will go through the process of nomination and Party Convention, but it’s a done deal.”

Go-Duterte is expected to use the slogan Tapang (bravery) at Malasakit (compassion) – the latter, a government program that Go has been aggressively pushing for in the run-up to the 2022 election.

This development came amid ongoing in-fighting between the faction led by Cusi and party chairman Duterte, and the group led by Senator Manny Pacquiao and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, namesake and son of party founder Aquilino Nene Pimentel Jr. (READ: Will PDP-Laban survive Duterte?)

Rappler sought Pimentel for comment but he has yet to respond. Pimentel earlier maintained that their group is the legitimate PDP-Laban and slammed outsiders trying to wrest control of the party. Despite insults hurled at him by Duterte, Pimentel said he is still an ally of the President. – Rappler.com