Veteran entertainment columnist Lolit Solis was unimpressed by the dedication of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to accompany Senator Bong Go, his most-trusted aide, as the latter filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for Vice President.
On her Instagram post last Sunday, October 3, she considered Duterte’s move a ‘big joke.’
Earlier on October 2, Sen. Go filed his COC. The President, who claimed that he is retiring from politics, accompanied Go.
“Talagang big joker si Papa Digong, Salve. Imagine mo na sinamahan pa sa filing ng candidacy si Bong Go for VP at nag-announce na retire na siya sa politics.”
The columnist was astounded by Duterte trying to “mystify” his true agenda by escorting his top aide.
“Kaloka di ba? Para bang pag may sinabi siya, dapat wait ka muna baka mamaya eklay lang, joke lang,” she continued.
Solis even said that the notion of Duterte was cute at first. However, she observed that Duterte’s indecisiveness could mean that he is not serious about supporting Sen. Go.
“Nung una cute dahil parang hindi mo mabasa ang gusto niyang mind game, pero lately parang ano ba iyan, bakit hindi seryoso sa dapat seryosong bagay,” she pointed.
She then advised the Senator that it is not a good impression for someone running for Vice President to be somewhat under the command of another person.
“Ewan ko kung maganda para kay Sen. Bong Go iyon para bang lahat ng kilos niya under the command ni Papa Digong,” she said. “Dapat din tignan kung plus or minus factor ang pagiging sobrang lapit niya dito.”
Solis also remarked on the latest poll survey in the vice presidential race, stressing that since Senate President Tito Sotto is ahead of Duterte, it is wise for him to retract his desire to run for VP.
“Saka duon sa latest survey, mas mataas ang bilang ni Tito Sotto kay Papa Digong kaya mabuti narin na umatras na siya sa pagtakbong VP.”
Beforewrapping up her post, she concluded that this 2022 election would be interesting because of the candidates.
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It is also crucial to point that if Duterte decides to [really] push with his plan to run for vice president, he will be the first in Philippine history to ever run for the position after becoming a president.
“Mukhang mas mahigpit pa ngayon ang labanan, habang papalapit na ang eleksiyon. Kaya wait tayo sa marami pang comedy na lalabas. Gawin na lang natin katatawanan ang lahat, dahil seryoso ang sitwasyon, masyado ng mabigat. Mabuti na lang maraming joker na nagkalat. Bongga!!” ended Solis.
Meanwhile, Go, vowed to continue Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and crime, as well as the administration’s massive infrastructure program.
“I intend to pursue and expand these efforts further towards overcoming this pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty,” he promised.
However, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, Go is the least expected to win the position as only 3% of the respondents said they would vote for him.