Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio stoked speculation about a prospective presidential run, following the withdrawal of her bid for reelection on Tuesday (November 9).
The presidential daughter announced in a Facebook post that she would be replaced by her brother, Davao City vice mayor Sebastian "Baste," who withdrew his certificate of candidacy (COC) for reelection earlier this week.
“Ngayong hapon wini-withdraw ko ang aking kandidatura sa pagka-Mayor ng Davao City. Si [Vice Mayor] VM Baste ang papalit sa akin. Ito lamang po muna sa ngayon. Maraming salamat po,” she said.
(Translation: This afternoon I am withdrawing my candidacy for Mayor of Davao City. VM Baste will replace me. This is all for now. Thank you very much.)
Duterte-Carpio, however, remains mum on her future plans.
For his part, "Baste" Duterte of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HTL) on Tuesday withdrew his vice mayoral reelection bid.
In a short message to some local reporters, he said the instruction to withdraw came from his sister Sara Duterte-Carpio.
"I have filed my withdrawal as vice mayor candidate of Davao City. I hereby nominate Atty. Melchor Quitain Jr. as my substitute. I am deeply grateful to the Dabawenyos for the support they have given me all this time. I have no other details to share at the moment," Baste's text message to the media said.
Duterte-Carpio's most recent political maneuver made her long-rumored presidential bid increasingly possible. Speculations about her being a substitute candidate like her father has kept her in front of the pack in presidential polls. But she has already stated that she will not run for president.
For his part, although vice presidential aspirant Senator Bong Go said that he is determined in his run as VP, the senator said there may still be a change in his party’s PDP-Laban decision on who it will choose as its presidential and vice presidential candidate for the national election.
Comelec has given political parties till November 15 to change or substitute their candidates.
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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