According to one of her political allies, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will likely run for the highest post in the country.
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda on Wednesday (November 10), made the claim after Duterte-Carpio withdrew her reelection bid and named her brother, Vice Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, as her substitute on Tuesday, prompting rumors of her presidential bid through substitution.
In an interview with ANC Headstart, Salceda said Sara wanted to run for the presidency since May, noting that running for vice president was not an option for her.
"Kasi may presumption kami (Because we have a presumption) that she’s running for president," Salceda said. "There’s no VP option for her and picking a VP for her is not a problem."
The Albay representative said the presidential daughter will likely run under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party.
In a Facebook post, the presidential daughter said her brother, who has also officially backed out of the vice mayoral race, will now be substituted by lawyer Melchor Quitain Jr.
“This is all for now. Thank you very much,” Sara added.
Like Duterte-Carpio, Baste announced his withdrawal via Facebook and thanked the Dabawenyos for the support they have given him.
“I have filed my withdrawal as Vice Mayor candidate of Davao City. I hereby nominate Atty. Melchor Quitain Jr. as my substitute,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lakas-CMD secretary-general Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. (Surigao del Sur) said that their party has fielded a "placeholder" candidate that Sara can replace once she decides to run for the presidency.
Under the Omnibus Election Code, only parties of the original candidate can substitute. Notably, Duterte-Carpio is not yet a member of Lakas-CMD and leads the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
The Cusi faction of the PDP-Laban initially pushed for President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president, but Duterte-Carpio did not approve of a Duterte-Duterte tandem. Later, the president withdrew his VP bid. The ruling party remains divided into two factions.
Duterte-Carpio has not yet confirmed her plan to run for the presidency as of this writing.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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