MANILA, Philippines — Former Quezon Metropolis Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista has “no sick emotions” over the choice of the Lacson-Sotto tandem to take away his title from their senatorial lineup.
“I respect their choice and that at the least now klaro na and each of them are true gents naman na tinitingala ko bilang mga magagaling na chief, particularly of their service to our nation for the longest time,” Bautista informed INQUIRER.web over the cellphone when looked for remark.
(I respect their choice and that at the least it’s now clear and each of them are true gents and nice leaders, particularly of their service to our nation for the longest time.)
“Whereas my perception is that politics is addition, I’ve no sick emotions after they determined to take away my title from their senatorial ticket,” he mentioned in a separate assertion.
Bautista has been a member of the Nationalist Folks’s Coalition (NPC) since 1992. The celebration is chaired by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who’s working alongside presidential candidate Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Lacson chairs his personal political celebration, Partido Reporma.
Bautista mentioned he’s now endorsing the tandem of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“I’m endorsing BBM-Sara as president and vice chairman, particularly now with this improvement,” he mentioned, referring to him being off the Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate.
It was in December final 12 months when Bautista despatched a letter to Sotto and different NPC officers informing them that he had been “endorsed and adopted” by the UniTeam, a political coalition backing the bids of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.
A few days earlier than Feb. 8 this 12 months, the beginning of the official marketing campaign interval, Bautista mentioned he despatched a second letter, asking permission that he be allowed to characterize the NPC within the UniTeam.
“Dito sa second letter, ang premise naman niyan, tutal 14 or 15 naman po yung senatorial slate ninyo [under Lacson-Sotto], might I formally characterize the NPC sa BBM-Sara UniTeam,” Bautista informed INQUIRER.web.
“That’s why I thank them, SP Sotto and Sen. Lacson, for permitting me,” he added.
Bautista famous that there was no formal response but to his newest letter. He attributed this to Sotto’s busy schedule.
In line with Bautista, the choice of Lacson and Sotto to take away him from their slate will now “afford me the chance to overtly marketing campaign for the BBM-Sara UniTeam.”
Bautista, in the meantime, mentioned endorsing one other vice presidential candidate is not going to have an effect on his membership within the NPC.
“The tone of my letter is which will I be allowed to characterize NPC within the UniTeam,” he added.
Additional, he mentioned there was no “formal association” between the NPC and Lacson’s Partido Reporma by way of the 2 senators’ tandem for the 2022 polls.
“The tandem is simply between Sen. Sotto and Sen. Lacson,” he famous.
Nonetheless, Bautista wished each Lacson and Sotto one of the best of luck of their electoral bids.
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