After meeting former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. over the weekend, another presidential aspirant flew to Davao City on Monday to meet with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, standard-bearer of the ruling PDP-Laban, disclosed that he had a discussion with Duterte-Carpio in her office at the Davao City hall ahead the deadline of the period of substitution for candidates in the 2022 National Elections.
Dela Rosa shared a “teaser” of their meeting on his Facebook page and said: “This is just a teaser of my meeting with Mayor Inday Sara minutes ago at Davao City Hall.”
Pressed for further details, the senator said he went to the province to remind the Davao City mayor that 15 November “is fast approaching”.
“Just reminded her that 15 Nov. is fast approaching,” he said to reporters.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) set 15 November as the last day for substituting candidates vying for local and national positions in next year’s elections.
While he denied being a “placeholder” candidate for Duterte-Caprio, the senator had repeatedly said he is open to withdrawing his presidential candidacy should the local chief executive decide to succeed her father.
He also said that he had been attempting to change her mind after she filed for reelection for Davao City mayor for her third and final term.
For her part, Duterte-Carpio thanked the lawmaker for his “advice and words of wisdom”.
In a media interview on Sunday, the local chief executive reiterated that she has no plans to run for president.
She also debunked speculations of a possible tandem with Bongbong whom she met at a social function in Cebu saying that her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) may support the latter’s presidential bid.
Dela Rosa will be seeking the country’s highest post with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as his running-mate.
They are among the frontrunners of the 2022 May 9 Elections alongside the tandems of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Dr. Willie Ong.