“Deeply hoping” for Sara’s substitution – BATO

CNN Philippines, The Source on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with Presidential aspirant Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in his interview said is not affected by what others suspect of being a “placeholder” for reelectionist Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 polls, but he admitted, he is still hoping that the presidential daughter to change her mind and will end up being the candidate of PDP-Laban, chaired by her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. I have long been dreaming for her to run for president because her winnability is very high. I know her capability to lead this country. She can do it and If it were up to him, he’d rather not split the votes if Mayor Duterte will end up running for the national post. “Personally, I’d prefer if only one of us would run so that the votes won’t be split. Still, I have to abide by whatever the party decides” he reiterated.

He openly acknowledged his lack of leverage compared to other presidential aspirants like former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo, as he himself was not included in the initial pollster surveys on preferred presidents. No problem with that, I will not surrender. I am here for one big fight, he said. PDP-Laban are already prepared to roll out the caravan for Dela Rosa, who will run in tandem with vice presidential aspirant Sen. Bong Go. They are so far sticking to their two bets and are preparing for other developments that might unfold until November 15, the deadline of substitution for political contenders in the 2022 polls.