Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano disclosed he is “seriously considering” to run for president in the 2022 polls.
Cayetano (who was famously ousted as Speaker of the House of Representatives in October 2020 following a prolonged spat with incumbent Speaker Lord Allan Velasco over their previously agreed on term sharing agreement, which forced the intervention of President Duterte) said in a press briefing last week he is “really praying and discerning about it.”
“I am seriously considering running for president or for other positions,” he was quoted in reports as saying.
Cayetano was Mr. Duterte’s running-mate in the 2016 elections, but lost to eventual winner Leni Robredo.
He was left out of Malacanang’s possible choices as presidential candidate in 2022 – which included Senator Manny Pacquiao, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senator Bong Go, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and former Senator Bongbong Marcos.
Cayetano at the same time took a potshot at the plan being fashioned by the ruling PDP Laban party for Duterte’s possible run for vice president next year.
In a national council meeting last week in Cebu City, party leaders unanimously approved a resolution urging the President to run for vice president in the 2022 polls, also giving him authority to pick his running mate.
Cayetano, who was ousted as House speaker last September 2020 by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco upon the bidding of Malacanang, said it would be better for Duterte to “just be the elder statesman” instead of running again because this may negatively impact on his legacy.
“And what if the one he endorses as president does not win?” Cayetano posited.
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