The offer of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte as his party’s fourth bet for the Senate is proof of the latter’s many accomplishments, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this remark after Domagoso said he believed Duterte was a qualified candidate for the position and that he is also willing to adopt him as the fourth senatorial candidate of his Aksyon Demokratiko Party.
“This is proof that President Duterte has accomplished a lot during his term and in the future. This also proves the confidence of many of our citizens in him and that if he is given another chance to continue his service in the Senate, he will do it,” he said in Filipino in a Palace press briefing.
Nograles, however, refused to say whether or not Duterte will accept Domagoso’s offer.
“I don’t want to preempt what could happen in the following days or months. And I don’t want to preempt the decision of other candidates running and other parties that also want to endorse President Duterte,” he said in Filipino.
Should a party eventually decide to adopt Duterte or forge an alliance, Nograles said it remains to be seen.
Duterte filed his candidacy for senator under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), an allied party of the ruling Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban).
“Of course the President is running under the PDDS and is also being supported by PDP-Laban. If there should be any move to adopt or forge an alliance, I do not want to preempt what could happen in the following days, weeks, and months,” Nograles added in Filipino.
In an interview with reporters in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Domagoso said he will vote for Duterte as senator due to his “many accomplishments.”
He said it would be an “honor” should Duterte accept his invitation for him to be an adopted senatorial candidate of his party but noted that the President is free to decide whether he would accept it or not.
“Let’s give credit where credit is due. President Duterte has so many accomplishments. And I believe that he can be an effective senator since through legislation, he can ensure that his legacy will [be] institutionalized,” he added.