MANILA, Philippines — The possibility of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte running under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the 2022 national and local elections is now very unlikely, according to Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda during a virtual presser Wednesday (November 10).
“Ayaw niya nga may gulo pa kasi sa COMELEC ang PDP, kaya obviously hindi siya dun tatakbo,” he said.
The solon said Mayor Sara will likely run under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD).
Salceda added that Duterte could have filed her certificate of candidacy for the presidency had there been no hindrance that occurred during the filing period.
“That shows her unyielding firmness towards that purpose. There were hurdles put on her way […] May mga conditionalities, or whatever. So ngayon wala na yun. It’s simply there were hurdles, that’s why she did not file on the 1st day,” Salceda explained.
He, however, refused to specify the said hurdles against the young Duterte’s plans for the presidency.
Salceda also refuted claims that Mayor Sara is duplicating President Rodrigo Duterte’s stunt in 2016 when he was branded as the “last-minute candidate.”
“I violently disagree. She would have filed on the first day without those conditionalities […] I know that because that’s our chat,” he said.
He said there is nothing left to do but wait for further development on Mayor Sara’s political plans before November 15, the deadline for the filing of substitution of candidates for the 2022 elections.
Meanwhile, the PDP-Laban Cusi wing said it is on the lookout for Mayor Sara’s next moves.
“PDP Laban watches with keen interest the developments on Sara Duterte’s decision to withdraw her certificate of candidacy for Davao City Mayor, especially considering the public support she enjoys,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PDP-Laban President.
Cusi said that no matter what her decisions will be will surely affect the country’s political landscape.
“In any event, her actions, including any decision to run for a national elective office, will most certainly affect the political landscape,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)