DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Saturday, October 23, 2021, met with presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Senator Imee Marcos in Cebu, sparking rumors that she will take on a national position in the 2022 elections.
In separate Facebook posts, Duterte-Carpio posted photos confirming that she met with the Marcos siblings on Saturday.
"Confirmed po na nagkita kami ngayon lang ni Presidential aspirant at former Senator BBM (Bongbong Marcos) sa masayang pagdiriwang ng birthday ni Cong. Yedda, maybahay ni House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez sa Cebu," she captioned one of her posts.
(I could confirm that presidential aspirant and former senator BBM and I met during the birthday of Cong. Yedda, wife of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in Cebu.)
In another post, Duterte-Carpio also posted photos of her meeting with Imee Marcos.
"Manang Imee kumusta ka na? Maraming salamat sa pagbisita at suporta palagi," she captioned the post.
Cebu City mayoral aspirant and Vice Mayor Michael Rama also met with the Presidential daughter on Saturday morning.
"Maayong buntag! Early meeting po at kumustahan with Cebu City Vice Mayor Mike Rama! Nakausap din natin si Atty. Bruce Rivera. Daghang salamat po sa suporta!" she said in a post.
Duterte-Carpio did not disclose what was discussed during her meeting with the Marcoses and Rama.
On Friday, Duterte-Carpio stunned her supporters when photos of her donning a green hoodie with "Sara All 2022" emblazoned on it went viral online.
Sara All Philippines 2022 is one of the groups urging her to run for president in the elections.
"Magandang gabi sa inyong lahat. Confirmed po ang aking pagbisita sa Cebu. Kausap ko ngayon ang aking pinsan na si Cebu 5th District Board Member Red Duterte. Maraming salamat," she said in a post.
The mayor earlier declared that she will not be running for the highest electoral position despite calls from her supporters.
Duterte-Carpio will instead be running as a reelectionist for Davao City mayor. She is under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago partylist.
Duterte-Carpio has kept mum on the possibility that there will be a "switching" in presidential nominations, similar to what happened to her father President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 elections.
PDP-Laban, the President's political party, fielded Senator Bato dela Rosa as its standard-bearer in the 2022 elections.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, said on October 8 that Duterte-Carpio will not be a substitute candidate to Dela Rosa. (JGS)