Pacquiao doubts Duterte can control 'independent' Senate

Published November 17, 2021, 5:05 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao expressed doubts President Rodrigo Duterte would be able to control the Senate if he wins a seat in the Upper Chamber in the upcoming May 2022 elections.

Pacquiao, who is running under the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) led by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, is reacting to reports the reason Duterte has decided to seek a Senate seat was to control the legislature.

“I’m not in a position para husgahan ang Pangulong Duterte pagdating sa kanyang desisyon sa pagtakbo (to judge President Duterte when it comes to his decision to run),” Pacquiao said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Senate has and will always be a congregation of 24 independent minds and I don’t see any reason why it would cease to become on for any reason,” the country’s boxing icon turned politician further said.

Duterte, during the last day of the filing for the substitution of candidates on Monday, Nov. 15, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator, ending speculations he might be gunning for the vice presidency and face head on with his daughter, former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Duterte-Carpio had decided to pursue her vice presidential bid under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrat (Lakas-CMD) in tandem with former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., son of the late strongman.

Duterte, however, would be running under the banner of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), instead of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) faction that he leads.

Nevertheless, the PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Cusi said they are strongly behind and fully supporting the senatorial bid of the President and the presidential bid of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, even if they are running under the PDDS.

“The PDP-Laban fully supports the candidacy of President Duterte and Senator Bong Go. They are PDP-Laban stalwarts and will have the solid backing of the PDP-Laban-PDDS alliance,” said PDP-Laban Secretary General Melvin Matibag.