Alan Peter Cayetano announces 2016 VP bid in Davao City

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Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano announced his vice presidential bid on Tuesday (September 29), but did not name who he will be running with.

Metro Manila (CNN Philipines) — Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday (September 29) officially announced that he would joini the 2016 vice presidential race during a news conference held in Davao City.

Arriving with his wife and staff, Cayetano readily took the microphone and quoted a passage from the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11. From there the senator continued how Davao City and Taguig City have progressed under good leadership.

Explaining why he chose to make the announcement in Davao City, the senator said: "Paano natin ishe-share ang mga biyaya ng bansa kung pati announcement ay panay Metro Manila lang?"

The vice presidential hopeful, however, did not mention if he would be running as an independent.

He did not mention the name of his would-be running mate, but said that he was praying for a president who would make the country proud and would instigate real change in the whole country someone with the “tapang” and "malasakit."

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was not at the venue during Cayetano's declaration but the mayor's trusted aides, Peter Laviña and Emmanuel Piñol, were present.

The two, however, clarified that they were not sent by Duterte but merely wanted to hear for themselves what Cayetano had to say.

Nacionalista yet to make a decision

Cayetano also made it clear that his political party, the Nacionalista Party (NP), has not yet committed to any candidate in particular.

According to the senator, the NP, who may meet in a few days to discuss, is waiting for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to make a decision on whether he will run for vice president. If Marcos will run, the two of them from NP will be vying for the second highest position in the land.

Earlier, Sen. Ralph Recto said that Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel Roxas II would most likely ask Cayetano to be his running mate if ever Rep. Leni Robredo should decline Roxas's offer.

CNN Philippines' string correspondent Ben O. Tesiorna contributed to this report.