Screenshot of the petition urging former Senator Surangel Whipps, Jr. to run for presidency in the 2020 Palau elections.

An online petition urging Palauan businessman and former Senator Surangel Whipps Jr. to run for president in the 2020 elections had been making rounds in the social media and now earning a total of 857 signatures as of July 1.

The online petition, which was launched through since nine months ago, is soliciting support to “ecstatically, enthusiastically, and earnestly urge Whipps to run for President” and aims to get a total of 1,000 signatures.

The petition also laid out some of Whipps’ credentials beginning with his Masters of Business Administration degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

“He is an independent thinker with a critical and analytical mind, which we desperately need his good judgment, cogitation and decision, particularly in this important juncture in our history,” the petition statement read.

It also said that Whipps’ leadership could benefit both citizens and foreigners.

Whipps previously ran for presidency during the 2016 national polls but lost the bid to his brother-in-law and now the incumbent President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. in a tight race.

A few Palauan officials had announced earlier this year their plans to run for the national elections. Among them include Senator Uduch Senior who said she will be running for the Vice Presidential post while Peleliu Delegate Jonathan Isechal had also publicly announced his intention to run for Senator.

Although other politicians had remained tight-lipped about their intentions to run for any national posts, some names such as the incumbent Vice President Raynold Oilouch and former President Johnson Toribiong tend to be in the public discussions when talking about the presidential post. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)