DAGUPAN CITY — Senator and vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano belied that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, with whom he is running in the coming election, is supporting another presidential candidate in the person of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Branding this as pure intrigue, Cayetano cited the recent ALDUB acronym reportedly being floated actually stands for Alan-Duterte Best team and not Duterte-Bongbong (Marcos’ nickname) team as what some people close to Marcos want to make it appear.

He admitted that it is true that Mayor Duterte campaigned in the Ilocos, which he said has its own geographical favorites, but it does not mean that the Davao City mayor is now supporting Marcos for vice president as the latter is in tandem with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party.

In fact, he said, it was Mayor Duterte himself who appealed to the people in various rallies that they were together to give him a vice president who will protect and help him.

He said he will continuously support Mayor Duterte because in his view, only the Davao Mayor can bring real and meaningful change to the country.

“Stick to one, in love life or politics–that is my principle,” he said in a talk to newsmen Tuesday after holding a dialogue with Dagupan fish farmers.

Cayetano said that he is unlike others who want to cross the river on board two or three canoes for their own selfish advantage.

He said such a strategy will surely eventually backfire on them.

“I am very secured. I feel secure that if Mayor Duterte becomes the President of the Philippines, our streets and homes will be safe,” he intoned.

In fact, he told some voters that it does not matter if they do not vote for him (Cayetano) for as long as they vote for Mayor Duterte.

He said only the criminals and the drug lords will fear a Duterte presidency, adding that the innocent people will have nothing to worry about.

The criminals and drug lords have only three things to do under President Duterte–stop their illegal activities, surrender or else they go straight to the cemetery, he said. PNA/