Cayetano wants VP

Davao as venue symbolizes advocacy for true change: senator
SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano hinted on asking Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to be his running mate as the Taguig representative declared yesterday his bid for the vice presidency for next year’s national elections.

Speaking at a press conference at the Grand Men Seng Hotel Tuesday, Cayetano paralleled the achievements of both Taguig and Davao cities as one of the reasons why he chose to declare his candidacy in Davao.

“It is my honor and privilege to announce my candidacy here in Davao City,” Cayetano said.

He was joined by his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, at the event.

Speaking to reporters following his formal announcement, Cayetano elaborate on his reason for choosing Davao as the venue.

“First of all, we keep saying all the power, all the money, all the focus in Manila, why are all the announcements done in Metro Manila?” he said. “I took my oath in Cebu as senator, it’s a privilege for me to make my announcement in Davao.”

“Secondly, our advocacy not only in city of Taguig, senate but in my program is true change,” he added.

“Third reason, BBL has been the focus (in recent months),” Cayetano added. “We’ve been saying if we have peace in the country, peace in Mindanao we can pursue progress. Why don’t we make Mindanao, the center of programs and argument? Because so far, the programs are all motherhood statements.”

“I offer a start to a discusion for a solution.”

Cayetano added that he ‘s also pushing for a decentralization of national services away from Metro Manila, the way Duterte himself is advocating for federalism as a solution to the country’s ills in various dialogues and forums across the country.

The vice presidential candidate added that it would be a loss to the country if Duterte does not give in to the clamor of the public to run join the presidential race, along with Senator Grace Poe, administration bet Manuel Roxas and Vice President Jojo Binay.

The announcement comes a week after Duterte sought for more time in making his final decision in a text message that was read by retired general Hermogenes Esperon to a crowd at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila last Saturday.

The message was initially seen as the mayor asking for time to decide on the presidency, which he later denied, saying his message was taken out of context.

Cayetano, meanwhile, denied that his announcement was to preempt the Liberal Party which has been trying to court Bicol Rep. Leni Robredo to be the running mate of the former interior secretary running under the ticket next year.

The senator also added he was pursuing a P200 billion Mindanao Development Plan, which includes a 200-kilometer, P150 billion Mindanao railway system.

The development also includes the development of centers like facilities for heart, lung, and kidney centers.

“This program is cheaper than the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” twitted Cayetano, a staunch critic of the peace deal the government peace panel signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.