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Gov. Suarez 100% to run for governor in 2022 elections

by Raadee Sausa
April 28, 2021

Gov. Suarez 100% to run for governor in 2022 elections
Gov. Danilo Suarez (Photo from his FB Page)

LUCENA CITY - The provincial governor of Quezon has clarified that he is 100 percent sure to run in the 2022 elections for governor.

"Just in case no one will fight me I will run in Congress, but since Rep. Helen Tan is 99 percent will run, then I am 100 percent running also," Gov. Danilo Suarez told the Sentinel Times in a mobile interview on Wednesday.

"If there is a fight, then I will run," he said

Suarez also said that they already had an agreement with his son Rep. David "Jayjay" Suarez regarding the running for the position.

Earlier, Tan admitted that she is almost a hundred percent sure to run for the governor position for the 2022 elections.

When asked about ready to run for the governor position she said "99.9 percent ready, but I'm still praying that God will guide me or give me that wisdom. I'm giving the 1 percent because I know I have more to learn," Tan said during the "Pagusapan Natin" with Arnel Avila interview.

Moreover, Suarez has lost in a gubernatorial survey declaring his prospective rival Tan as landslide winner.

The survey was made by Medialink Communications and Public Affairs Service of the Philippines Inc. (Mecopaspi), a non-government organization headed by law Prof. Zenaida Pascua.

This was the second time that Suarez lost to Tan in a survey.

The first poll survey was conducted on November 25, 2020 to December 21, 2020 by the Philippine Research and Information Service (PhilRis) Publishing headed by Prof. Manuel Mendoza.

Out of 11,012 of the actual number of respondents polled in this survey, Tan was the winner after garnering a total of 6,845 votes while Suarez got 4,167 votes, he said.

In his recent interview, Suarez admitted that he is tired because of the rising coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

During the National Press Club (NPC) interview, Suarez admitted that he is already tired and may no longer run for governor, instead he wanted to go back to Congress.

An average of 40 COVID-19 cases per day are being reported in Quezon province because of the very low vaccination coverage by the provincial government among its constituents.

The Department of Health (DOH) noted in a report that the entire province’s vaccination rate is 2.9 percent, the lowest coverage rate in the entire region of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon).

The DOH-Calabarzon said Quezon’s lowest coverage rate may prolong the target of herd immunity in the province.

Suarez admitted that before herd immunity is achieved in his province, there should be around 1.6 million locals who must complete the vaccination.

But because of the province’s lowest performance among other provinces in Calabarzon, the province of Quezon may take time before herd immunity is achieved.

Moreover, the governor also drew criticism for reportedly claiming that the provincial government had acquired several doses of Sputnik Gamaleya, the anti-COVID vaccine from Russia.

The DOH-Calabarzon, however, said Calabarzon had only received a total of 94,860 vaccine doses for first and second shots, 19.0 percent or 18,060 doses are from Sinovac and 81.0 percent or 76,800 doses from AstraZeneca that would cover 47,430 individuals.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. also clarified that the deal between Russia’s Gamaleya Institute was only formalized recently and only an initial 20,000 doses are to be sent to the Philippines before the end of the month.

It is unclear whether the province of Quezon was the first province to get the said vaccine from Russia.

Currently, only 14,000 out of the 2.1 million residents of Quezon have been vaccinated. That is just 0.0006 percent of the population.

Some local residents also blamed the rising number of cases to politics saying only those individuals coming from the second and third districts in Quezon are being prioritized by the vaccination program.

"The province may take until 2023 for the government to successfully vaccinate at least 60 percent of the entire population of the province,” Edwin Santos, of the Quezon Rise Movement, said.


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