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BY ED LIBRANDA

Sara’s Surprise: Vice Presidential Bid 

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's decision to seek the vice presidency in the 2022 elections came as a surprise, especially to her father President Rodrigo Duterte.


Sara’s decision displeased her father as she was leading presidential preference surveys.

 

She explained she was overwhelmed by her supporters’ call for her to run for president, something she said she would not do. To meet them halfway, she runs for vice president, shocking her father and his party PDP-Laban and her family’s supporters.


But the President and PDP-Laban were in for another surprise. Sara chose to run in tandem with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and to join Lakas-CMD, the political party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, instead of running under PDP-Laban.  


PDP-Laban’s presidential bet Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa withdrew his candidacy for president and was replaced by the President’s long-time aide Sen. Bong Go, who withdrew his vice-presidential bid to avoid competing against the presidential daughter. All these were done by using the substitution option provided by the election law.


Go admitted that he was also surprised by Sara’s political decisions. She already filed her candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor. After a month, she withdrew her reelection bid and resigned from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party she found, to join the vice-presidential race and run under Lakas-CMD. While she did say she would not run for president, she said nothing about seeking the vice presidency. 


As for the PDP-Laban, the infighting has affected the candidacy of Go and the party’s future. The faction headed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi made Go the presidential bet of their political ally Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) to avoid legal issues in case the Commission on Elections ruled that the group headed by presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao is the legitimate PDP-Laban. 


Obviously, the position of vice-presidential bet of PDDS was left open for Sara, but she chose to join Lakas-CMD.


While Marcos and the presidential daughter are leading in almost all surveys, their challenge now comes from the President himself. Duterte has endorsed Go and called Marcos as “weak leader.”


Last week, the President claimed that a presidential aspirant is using cocaine. He did not name the person. Duterte only said the presidential hopeful is a “weak leader.”