President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (FILE Photo from the Presidential Communications Operations Office)
This was the categorical clarification of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday amid speculations that he would leave his post for a possible Senate run in 2019.
“Kasi sinasabi kasi nila na tatakbo raw ako. Sa tototo lang, madalas ako sabihan ng Presidente na tumakbo ka. Siyempre napakalaking karangalan ‘yun na sabihan ka ng Presidente na dapat maging senador ka,” he said in an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.
However, Bello, who will turn 74 this year, told President Rodrigo Duterte he was older than him and “too old” for politics.
Earlier, Duterte had teased Bello to run as senator in the 2019 elections.
“He will run for a senatorial position. He’s a good guy. He’s my dorm mate. We’re just poor,” Mr. Duterte said.