Cayetano vows to help Duterte fulfill his promises


Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Alan Peter Cayetano may have lost the vice presidential race, but he promises not to abandon his running mate, incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

Speaking to reporters, Cayetano vowed to assist the Davao City mayor in ensuring that their tandem's promises to the Filipino people come to fruition.

"Ang number 1 offer ko kay Mayor, sa ating mayor ng bansa, kay Presidente Duterte, ay tulungan ko siya na lahat ng pinangako namin during the campaign ay ma-translate into workable programs," Cayetano said.

"Whether legislation, executive orders or whatever yung legal framework na kailangan," he added.

The 71-year-old Duterte, who ran his campaign on an anti-criminality platform, won the presidential race by a landslide. He garnered a total of 16,601,997 votes based on the final and official tally of all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs).

He had a lead of 6,623,822 over his closest rival, Mar Roxas. Grace Poe was in third place, followed by Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Roy SeƱeres.

Cayetano, on the other hand, lost to Roxas' running mate, Leni Robredo, who finished the vice presidential race with a lead of 263,473 over second placer Bongbong Marcos.

Cayetano placed third and was followed by Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes and Gringo Honasan.

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Meanwhile, Cayetano said it is important that Duterte's reform plans have the support of the Senate.

The Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) earlier said it will be supporting Cayetano for Senate President.

"It's not a matter ng kung sino malakas, sino mas senior, sino mas marami, sino may mas gusto ng committee na ito, pero kung sino ang dedicated sa legislative agenda ng presidente without sacrificing the independence of the Senate," said Cayetano. - Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM