Five 'handpicked' senatorial bets of presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will not campaign for Duterte's running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a senatorial candidate claimed Tuesday.
Duterte’s party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), has decided not to include in their campaign a senatorial slate, but Duterte has given some senatorial candidates his full support.
Speaking on ANC’s Headstart, illegal numbers game (jueteng) whistleblower and senatorial hopeful Sandra Cam claimed she is one of five senatorial candidates handpicked by Duterte.
She also said she understands PDP-Laban's decision of not including an official senatorial slate.
“We respect the PDP-Laban for telling that na wala silang senatorial slate [that they don't have a senatorial slate], but the five senatorial candidates that were been hand-picked by Mayor Duterte ay Duterte lang kami [we are for Duterte only],” she said.
“The five of us will not carry Cayetano, we are only campaigning for Mayor Duterte,” she added.
She said this explains why they only campaign with Duterte when the Mayor is not with his running mate.
“Hindi maganda tingnan kung nandyan siya because hindi na namin sya kini-carry [It's not proper to campaign with Dutete whenever Cayetano is around because we do not carry the tandem],” Cam said.
She also believes Cayetano needs them more than they need him, saying all five of them have voting bases.
“I think it’s the another way around, we are five senatorial candidates here and you have to accept the fact that mayroon kami ng sari-sariling followings, may mga baluarte kami [we have our own voting bases],” she said.
Cam, who is also the president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, also reiterated she is running for a senate seat to fight for the rights of the whistleblowers.
Emotional while expressing her frustrations, she recalled how her group has been fighting hard for the whistleblowers' rights and still not seeing changes.
“I’m sick and tired and awang-awa na ako sa aming grupo, Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, ito ang nagtulak actually sa akin kung bakit ako tumakbo dahil hindi man naipapasa yung aming hinihingi na Whistleblower Act [My heart is burdened seeing the state of our group and this pushed me to run, especially that the Whistleblowers Protection Act which we have been pushing is still not passed into law],” she said.
“I want to help the country expose yung mga katiwalian at mabigyan ng tunay na protection ang mga would be whistleblowers [expose government corruption and give true protection to whistleblowers],” she added.