Duterte endorses Go-Sara tandem for 2022 polls — lawmaker

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17)— President Rodrigo Duterte has endorsed Senator Bong Go and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for the 2022 polls, according to a lawmaker.

DIWA party-list Rep. Michael Aglipay told reporters on Wednesday that Duterte pushed for the tandem during a meeting with House leaders in Malacañang this week.

“Standing order [Senator Bong Go] Sara [Duterte] for 2022,” Aglipay said, citing Duterte’s speech during the dinner event Tuesday which he attended along with over 90 other solons.

But Aglipay noted that House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez — who leads Lakas-CMD, the party of Sara Duterte — was not present.

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The Palace earlier confirmed Duterte’s dinner meeting, saying it was an “informal and relaxed gathering” with lawmakers.

“With active COVID-19 cases now on a steady decline and now that we are feeling the positive impact of the government's vaccination, we expect the President to join similar gatherings with friends and allies in the future,” Duterte’s acting spokesperson Karlo Nograles said.

Go, who joined the meeting, thanked the House officials for their support and reiterated his plan to continue the current administration’s programs should he get elected next year.

The former aide of the chief executive is seeking the presidency under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, an allied party of the PDP-Laban faction which he is a part of.

Meanwhile, Duterte's daughter Sara decided to vie for the vice presidential seat, filing her candidacy over the weekend as the substitute bet for Lakas-CMD.

Go earlier expressed hope that the Davao City mayor will consider being his running mate for the upcoming polls. But the camp of fellow presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos said his tandem with the younger Duterte is already official.

CNN Philippines' Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.