Vice-presidential hopeful Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano expressed his gratitude to PDP-Laban President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III for maintaining his preference for a Duterte-Cayetano tandem to be supported by his party, amid reports that Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. expressed interest in teaming up with the Davao City mayor.
In an interview with Senate reporters October 7, Senator Pimentel expressed that a possible tandem between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Cayetano will be a more “formidable” team-up should the mayor decide to run in 2016. “I’m grateful to Senator Pimentel for his kind words. I would be honored to earn the support of his party, the PDP-Laban, for the 2016 national elections,” Cayetano said.
“Senator Pimentel and I have long shared the same vision on governance and public service, and the advocacy to fight corruption in all levels,” he added.
Pimentel earlier said his party is less likely to back Marcos’ VP bid, stressing that the PDP-Laban was formed specifically to lead the opposition to his late father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Ako mismo personally and some of my party-mates believe that a Duterte-Alan Cayetano ticket would be formidable, strong, and winnable force,” Pimentel said. “Nasabi ko na formidable ang Duterte-Cayetano [tandem] kasi parehong palaban, parehong anti-corruption, at parehon may vision para sa bansa,” he further stressed.
The PDP-Laban supports Duterte for his advocacy for federalism, a system that the party also espouses.