Former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator in the 2022 elections through his representative on Thursday.
He will run under the People’s Reform Party, a political group founded by the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
PRP earlier said it will support Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio if she runs for president in the coming elections. Teodoro had offered himself as a potential running mate of President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter.
Last June, Teodoro said Duterte had no decision yet whether she would run for the country’s highest elective post, even as he praised her leadership skills.
“My impression of Mayor Sara talking about issues was that she will make a very good president of this country. She would have the ability to unite a lot of people. She has an independent mind, she has managerial skills running a very complex city like Davao. She’s familiar with national issues,” he said.
“She would be a good president if she decides to run. And to show that I’m willing to back her up, I’ll gladly be her vice president if she so decides.”
Teodoro unsuccessfully ran for president under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party in 2010.