Cayetano says he is running for VP

SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday announced in Davao City his intention to run for Vice President in next year’s elections.

“I am running for vice president of The Republic of The Philippines,” Cayetano said amid the rumors of a Duterte-Cayetano tandem.

“I am putting my faith in God and in our people, and I am praying for a President who will make us all proud and bring true change to Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.”

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remains undecided if he will be running for President, although he earlier announced he would not be running.

Cayetano said he finally came out with his decision after thinking about it and praying, and with his announcement the Nacionalista Party now has two candidates for vice president.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has repeatedly said he will be running for vice president even if he is forced to run as an independent candidate.

“As a party mate, I totally respect his decision and I wish him well,” Trillanes said in a text message in reaction to Cayetano’s announcement.

Another NP member, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., is eying a higher position in next year’s elections although he has yet to decide whether he will be running for President or vice president.

Since there are two of them running for the same position, and another might run for President, Senator Cynthia Villar, wife of NP founder Manny Villar, said they will end up supporting all of them equally in terms of funding.

“Of course, Senator [Manny] Villar wishes to be neutral because it’s hard to choose among them. That’s why, we will help everyone,” she said.

“We cannot stop them. We cannot prevent them. They are all brave,” said Villar while alluding to Cayetano, Trillanes and Marcos.

Cayetano said God had beautiful plans for the Filipino people because “we have a rich country and Filipinos excel and are known in the world.” 

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