President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Willie Revillame to “keep his options open” in the run-up to the 2022 elections, fueling speculation that the popular television host will seek an elective post.
Philippine Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo wrote in his March 4 column that Duterte called Revillame while he was having dinner with Senator Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea at a restaurant in Greenhills, San Juan City on February 27.
Lo quoted Duterte as saying to the host, “Willie, mahal kita. Pinapanood kita. Maraming salamat sa ginagawa mo sa ating mga kababayan. Magkasama tayo sa pagtulong. Kasama tayo sa grupo. Kasama ka namin sa grupo.”
The columnist said it was Go who set the dinner with Revillame to tell him that Duterte was happy with what he’s been doing and to thank him.
Lo said Go was also told to relay Duterte’s message to Revillame, which was: “Tell Willie to keep his options open.”
“Asked what else, what ‘options,’ he and Sen. Bong and Sec. Medialdea discussed during that five-hour dinner, Willie was mum. But his smile was revealing,” the columnist said.