Cusi-led PDP-Laban says ‘not looking at’ 2022 alliance with Bongbong

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Leaders of a PDP-Laban faction denied they have been talking with former senator Bongbong Marcos about a possible alliance in the 2022 polls.

“We’re not looking at that. We’re looking at a Go-Duterte tandem for 2022,” said Melvin Matibag, secretary general of the Cusi wing in the ruling PDP-Laban party.

He admitted there were feelers, but that there have been no formal or informal discussions.

Earlier, the group led by Energy Secretary Alfredo Cusi officially endorsed the tandem of Senator Bong Go and Duterte as its presidential and vice-presidential bets for the 2022 elections.

Duterte accepted the nomination, while Go declined the endorsement, saying he was not interested to become the country’s president and wanted to focus instead on his duties as chairman of the Senate committee on health.

Meanwhile, Senator Manny Pacquiao, who leads the other faction of the ruling party, recently accepted the nomination to be the standard-bearer of his group.

CNN Philippines’ correspondent Eimor Santos contributed to this story.