Sat. May 28th, 2022

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Even as President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go have yet to endorse any presidential candidate, some of their supporters decided to back the tandem of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio.

A number of groups gathered Monday in Quezon City to sign a Memorandum of Agreement and oath taking in support of the Bongbong-Inday Sara tandem.

The groups formed the “Let’s Go-UniTeam Coalition”.

“BBM (Bongbong Marcos) is the only best skilled, capable and efficient leader amongst all other candidates to lead the country as shown in his vast experience as local chief executive and as a legislator and is the needed kind of leader who can sustain the growth and development spared by the Duterte administration to bring a more prosperous future for the Filipino people,” the groups said.

Go initially filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for presidency, with the support of President Duterte. Go, however, later pulled out of the presidential race.

The Administration’s PDP-Laban party wing and allied minority party Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which previously backed Go’s short-lived run for president have yet to formally declare support for Marcos but have long indicated support for Mayor Duterte, the president’s daughter.

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“His faithful supporters have finally accepted and moved on from his decision to desist from participation in the presidential race,” the resolution dated February 14 but released only on Monday read.

This was after Go, who had the backing of President Rodrigo Duterte in his bid, bowed out of the presidential race saying he is unprepared. Go will remain a senator until 2025.

The coalition said they are declaring their support to the UniTeam tandem “base [sic] on their track records.”

“In accordance with the endorsement of Mayor Sara ‘Inday’ Z. Duterte-Carpio, BBM is the only best skilled, capable and efficient leader amongst all other candidates to lead the country as shown in his vast experienced [sic] a local chief executive and as a legislator,” the resolution further read.

Asked if Go sanctioned the groups supporting the Bongbong-Sara tandem, Marcos’ campaign manager Benhur Abalos said he does not know.

Benhur Abalos Jr., Marcos’ campaign manager, said: “Unang una, kami ay nagapasalamat na etong mga malaking bahagi ng MOA, nasabi ko kanina there are about 300 organizations, sila ang isa sa mga grupong nagpapanalo kay Pangulong Duterte.”

(First of all, we are thankful for this MOA. This is a big thing because, as I said earlier, there are about 300 organizations, they are among the groups that brought victory to President Duterte)

“What is important is the leaders of their grassroot organizations are here, “Abalos told reporters.

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