Cayetano to possible 2022 presidential bets: 'Tumulong na lang muna sa pandemya'

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

Ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, one of the possible contenders for the presidential race in the 2022 national elections, suggested on Friday that it would be better if presidential bets will focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hindi mo mapipigilan na may mga survey, may mga nag-uusap na ng 2022, but I think the best thing to do is anyone na may balak na tumakbo sa 2022 ay tumulong na lang muna sa pandemic na ‘to,” Cayetano said when asked for his thoughts on a survey of possible presidentiables and vice presidentiables.

“Sobrang nating problema sa’ting bansa and the single biggest challenge ng administrasyon na ‘to at ng mga administrasyon around the world is ‘yung paga-administer ng vaccine effectively,” the lawmaker said.

The Taguig-Pateros representative said that the public should not be distracted from pertinent issues such as the COVID-19 vaccines.

“Hindi pwedeng ma-distract sa main issue talaga ng pagbili ng tamang bakuna at pag-roll out ng plano na masasabayan natin ang ating mga neighbors,” Cayetano said.

“Hinding hindi pwede ‘yung sinasabing plano na three to five years tayo when all our other neighbors, hindi lang sa Southeast Asia kundi sa buong Asya at sa buong mundo, ay nagpa-plano na dalawang taon lang tapos na ‘yung programa ng pagbabakuna,” he added.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte topped the recent Pulse Asia's survey of possible contenders for president in the 2022 national elections with 26 percent from the 2,400 respondents.

She was followed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Senator Grace Poe who both received the support of 14% of respondents.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso got 12% while Senator Manny Pacquiao got 10%.

The Taguig-Pateros Representative was also on the list at the seventh spot with three percent, and also emerged as one of the preferred Senate bets with 46 percent.

Senators Christopher “Bong” Go and Panfilo Lacson were just a notch above him with four percent.

Vice President Leni Robredo, the only bet from the opposition on the list, ranked fifth with eight percent.


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