The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will formally endorse the tandem of Senator Christoper Lawrence “Bong” Go and President Rodrigo Duterte as its standard-bearers for the 2022 elections.
PDP-Laban Secretary General Melvin Matibag said the formal declaration of the Go-Duterte tandem will happen during the party’s national convention on September 8, although the pairing had already been discussed during the virtual meeting of the party’s national executive council and officers on Wednesday.
“There was an endorsement that they undergo the process of nomination during the national convention on September 8. It was unanimous — every member of the national executive committee and its officers,” Matibag told a national daily.
“There was already an endorsement that the tandem of Go and Duterte be subjected to the national convention on September 8,” he added.
For his part, PDP-Laban president and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi confirmed that the party’s national executive council will push the Go-Duterte tandem.
“In our PDP national executive council meeting yesterday, It was agreed to present to the forthcoming national convention the tandem of Go-Duterte for 2022 election,” he said.
The move to formalize the Go-Duterte tandem for 2022 comes after Senator Manny Pacquiao was ousted as PDP-Laban president last month. Duterte remains the party chairman.