Two candidates for a national position—Emmanuel Lopez of the Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP) and lawyer Carlos Serapio of the Katipunan ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi Party (KKKP)—on Friday vowed not to back out from the vice presidential race.
At a news conference in Quezon City, Lopez said “I will never withdraw from the race.”
“We can only afford a billboard at the North Luzon Expressway for P500,000 a month,” he told reporters.
“The decision to run is not just by my own, but of the party’s. In fact, we have just put up our headquarters in Nueva Vizcaya, Marawi City (in Lanao del Sur) and Bicol. Aside from this, what would our political workers say if I back out?” Serapio asked.
He said the party’s presidential bet in 2016 got two million votes.
“All of the candidates from KKKP garnered at least seven to eight million votes,” he added.
The duo are running against Senate President Vicente “Tito Sotto III, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senator Francis Pangilinan, Buhay party-list Rep. Joselito Atienza, ex-representative Walden Bello, Rizalito David and Dr. Willie Ong.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr, presidential bet from the Democratic Party of the Philippines, slammed presidential and vice presidential debates, calling them “a game show, a quiz bee or a geriatric…”
He said he would never give up his presidential bid.