President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that he will soon revealed his top picks for senatorial candidates in the 2019 midterm elections.
In line with this, the President said that before Christmas, the public will know the names he will be endorsing.
“So I will campaign in – not now, maybe after Christmas – then I will announce my choices, who those people are,” Duterte said during his visit in Cagayan de Oro. He also laid down the characteristics he is looking for, revealing that he already has a list of the candidates he has chosen and assuring the public that he would “choose people well.”
Duterte added he can only recommend to the public who to vote for.
“I told them that I only have one requirement. Competence and if you have the capability and if you are honest. That’s my only requirement. That’s a standard for all of them to follow. Never make a mistake with corruption,” he said. Duterte then reminded the police and military to not further engage in partisan politics.
Even before his impending announcement, the President has been vocal in some of his choices, including his former aide Christopher ‘Bong’ Go whom he even accompanied when the latter filed for his certificate of candidacy.
Meanwhile, Duterte, whose term ends in 2022, said the Presidency would be his last political office.