Cayetano to Duterte: He’s the real game-changer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:58

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano says there is still a “glimmer of hope” that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may run for president in 2016 as a substitute for Martin Diño, his party mate and the standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“As long as the clamor remains, there’s still a glimmer of hope that Mayor Duterte will run,” Cayetano said during his visit to Davao city over the weekend, where he was once again seen with Duterte having dinner with some friends at the Hotel Elena and later on at the wake of the brother of Pastor Apolo Quiboloy at a funeral home in the city.

Duterte also invited Cayetano to guest in his television program, “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” which aired on Sunday on the local ABS-CBN station in Davao.

The two of them talked about Duterte’s Federalism approach to government and Cayetano’s decentralization proposal as among the possible ways to shift government’s focus away from Metro Manila to other regions in the country.

Meanwhile, sources have declared that Cayetano and Duterte also discussed at the sidelines of the interview their plans for the country in case Duterte decides to run for a higher post.

While the mayor has not given a categorical answer to questions about his presidential run via substitution, he hinted at having a possible change of heart before the deadline for substitution on December 10.

He said it would be up to the decision of his party, the PDP-Laban, and if discussions with his party mates went right, Duterte expressed that the substitution could take place.

Cayetano, for his part, remains optimistic that Duterte would heed the people’s clamor for him to run for resident, stressing that of all the candidates vying for the position, only Duterte has offered to create real and concrete change that Filipino families need and deserve.