Sara hints at mak­ing a bid for speak­er­ship


DAVAO CITY – Say­ing that her bet for Speaker could later turn out to be “none other than my­self,” Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio may have stirred a po­lit­i­cal tem­pest that could de­rail the bid of for­mer For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Pe­ter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Jay Ve­lasco for the in­flu­en­tial top post in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“I heard ru­mors that both Sec. Cayetano and Cong. Ve­lasco are in­ter­ested in the Speaker po­si­tion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. That is all I heard. To end all the loose talk and gos­sip, my bet for Speaker is none other than my­self,” Duterte said.

The state­ment was posted Fri­day night in the Face­book chat room of Davao City hall re­porters by the city gov­ern­ment’s pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fice.

It was not im­me­di­ately known why she had the state­ment posted.

But it is en­tirely pos­si­ble that she could make such a run for the speak­er­ship as her brother, for­mer vice mayor Paolo, had al­ready filed his can­di­dacy for rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the first district of Davao City, while she, her­self, had for­mal­ized her bid for an­other term as mayor.

As per elec­tion law, the sib­lings may still ex­change posts up to mid-day of elec­tion day (May 13, 2019).

If that tran­spires, Sara could line her­self up for a shot at the House speak­er­ship, as she is ex­pected to hand­ily win a con­gres­sional seat.

Sara had ear­lier main­tained that she was not keen on giv­ing up her bid for an­other term as Davao City mayor be­cause she wanted to com­plete bigticket projects that re­main un­fin­ished.

She had also shunned calls for her to run as se­na­tor, even af­ter she landed in the top five con­tenders in a re­cent sur­vey for sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates.

If her plans to join the House pushes through, this could jeop­ar­dize the bids of Cayetano and Ve­lasco to be­come the next Speaker.

Cayetano had ear­lier averred that he would seek the speak­er­ship post, while no less than Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and Sara, her­self, hailed Ve­lasco as the next Speaker in a re­cent gather­ing.

Pres­i­dent Duterte had ear­lier dis­closed that his daugh­ter had a hand in the ouster of for­mer Speaker and Davao del Norte rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pan­ta­leon Al­varez, who was even­tu­ally re­placed by for­mer Pres­i­dent and Pam­panga rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo.

(Kevin Tris­tan Espir­itu)

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