Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he is unbothered if President Rodrigo Duterte runs for president in Eleksyon 2022.
“If I have finished my presentation and we are ready with a program for the vice president, I will not look at the other candidates who are running. As I said, and that’s my statement, it will have no beget on my resolve,” Sotto said during a virtual interview with reporters when asked if he would still seek the vice presidency in case Duterte vies for the same post.
“In other words, welcome to the club… okay lang kahit sino ang tumakbo, siguro naman mayroon din silang programang iprepresenta. Nasa taumbayan ‘yun kung sino ang tingin nilang makakagawa ng mabuti sa posisyon na ‘yun,” he added.
(It’s okay whoever decides to run. I’m sure they also have programs to present. It is up to the Filipino citizens to decide who they think is best for that position.)
Sotto said he and Duterte would not be enemies.
“Siguradong hindi kami basta-basta mag-aaway, hindi naman siguro, kaibigan pa rin naman kami,” Sotto said.
(We will not fight, we’re friends.)
Sotto not affected if Duterte runs for vice president in Eleksyon 2022
Early this month, Sotto wants is willing to Senator Panfilo Lacson’s vice president.
“If Sen. Lacson decides to run for president, I will definitely be his running mate,” Sotto said.
“I am not in the habit of saying that I will not run, and then all of a sudden, I will file my certificate of candidacy. Let the other politicians do that. Not in our party,” he added.
According to Sotto, Lacson and groups are approaching them to determine their plans for the upcoming elections.
“We are seriously contemplating on it… There are some groups and some sectors that have approached me and Sen. Lacson. If Sen. Lacson decides to run for president, I will definitely be his running mate,” Sotto said, a member of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).