Presidential aspirants Leni Robredo and Manny Pacquiao are unbothered by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio’s possible tandem in the May 2022 elections, their camps said Saturday.
Robredo’s running mate, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Pacquiao’s vice presidential bet, Lito Atienza, shrugged off the potential team up of the two election frontrunners, saying they have been expecting it.
“Inaasahan na po namin ng mga rigodon na tsubibo na ganyan,” Pangilinan told reporters.
Atienza, meanwhile, said his camp was unfazed by Duterte-Carpio’s sudden entry to the vice presidential race.
“I’m happy and elated by the competition for the vice presidency. No doubt the giants have gotten together,” he said. “Now that Sara has slid down, we are not in anyway daunted.”
The two camps also assured their supporters that they would strengthen their campaign efforts, regardless of who would join forces for the upcoming elections.
“Kahit sino pa po ang sumali sa karera, tuloy lang po kami sa paghahanda para sa darating na kampanya,” said Pangilinan.
“We know at this point that with God’s grace, the Davids will slay the Goliaths,” Atienza said.
Their statements came shortly after Duterte-Carpio formalized her vice-presidential bid under the banner of Lakas-CMD.
She filed her certificate of candidacy on Saturday, substituting the party’s vice presidential bet Lyle Uy.
The development was followed by Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP)’s announcement that Marcos would adopt Duterte-Carpio as his vice presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
Duterte-Carpio’s camp has yet to release a statement on the matter, but Lakas-CMD national president Sen. Bong Revilla said the party is “formalizing the adoption” of another candidate as its standard bearer in 2022.
He did not specify the said candidate, although he vowed to mobilize the party’s “full machinery to back Inday Sara’s candidacy towards ensuring her victory.”
“Abangan po natin ang dream-tandem na aakay sa bansa tungo sa hinahangad nating pagbangon mula sa pandemya at tuloy-tuloy na progreso,” Revilla told reporters.
Duterte-Carpio and Marcos have been leading the Pulse Asia presidential preference surveys conducted last June and September.
The vice presidential race, based on surveys, had been led by Senate President Tito Sotto.