MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential aspirant Lito Atienza asked the public Wednesday not to vote for him if they will not choose Senator Manny Pacquiao as their president in the 2022 national elections.
During the Kapihan sa Manila Bay press forum, Atienza said he would be a “useless” vice president if Pacquiao will not be elected as president, adding that the public should cast their vote for a tandem so that they can work well together.
The tandem of Pacquiao and Atienza will vie for the presidential and vice presidential post in next year’s elections. Both of them have filed their certificate of candidacy.
“I don’t want to be vice president to any other president. I am running for vice president, only because Manny Pacquiao has my full trust and confidence,” Atienza said.
“Kung iba ang magiging—iba ang iboboto nyong pangulo, wag nyo akong iboto. Iboto nyo yung vice presidente ng kandidatong yun. Pagod na tayo sa mga politika ng mga VP laban sa presidente. Everytime that happens, the people suffer, so don’t vote for a mixed ticket,” he added.
(If you will vote for another president, don’t vote for me. Vote for the Vice President of that candidate. I am tired of the scene where the Vice President does not get along with the president. Everytime that happens, the people suffer, so don’t vote for a mixed ticket.)
However, he appealed to those who will vote for Pacquiao to give him their vice presidential vote.
“If you’re voting for somebody else, vote for his vice president. Pero if you’re voting for Pacquiao, please vote for me because that’s the only reason I’m running—to help him succeed in his vision,”
“I don’t want to win by myself. I would be a useless Vice President, useless… But if you want me to be effective and you want to vote for me, vote for Manny Pacquiao. That’s the very reason why I am running for vice president—to be of help to him,” he added.