Mayor Sara says she in­tends to be­come House Speaker

Tempo - - News - (An­to­nio L. Col­ina IV and Ar­gyll Geducos)

Davao City Mayor Sara DuterteCar­pio on Fri­day ex­pressed her in­ten­tion to be­come the next House Speaker.

Sara bared her in­ten­tion amid ru­mors that for­mer For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Al­lan Jay Ve­lasco are eye­ing the Speak­er­ship next year.

Cayetano had given up his po­si­tion in Pres­i­dent Duterte’s Cab­i­net to run as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Taguig City.

“I heard ru­mors that both Sec­re­tary Cayetano and Con­gress­man 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,” Sara said.

But in an in­ter­view shortly af­ter she filed her Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy for Davao City mayor last Oct. 15, Sara as­sured that she is not keen on giv­ing up her can­di­dacy to run for an­other elec­tive post through sub­sti­tu­tion be­cause she wants to serve the city and com­plete more projects that could not be com­pleted within her three­year term.

Her run­ning mate is her younger brother, Se­bas­tian Duterte, while the el­dest of the Duterte sib­lings, re­signed Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo, filed his can­di­dacy for rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the first district of Davao City three days ear­lier.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Duterte has said that his Sara does not have any plans to run for Pres­i­dent.

Duterte made the state­ment amid spec­u­la­tions that he is groom­ing his daugh­ter, fondly called “In­day,” to be his suc­ces­sor.

In a speech in Bo­ra­cay dur­ing an agrar­ian re­form event, Duterte asked the pub­lic not to be­lieve that the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter is eye­ing to be the coun­try's high­est gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

"Si In­day, huwag kayo mani­walang tatakbo ng Pres­i­dente. Hindi yan mag-aak­saya ng pana­hon," he said.

Sara has formed the Hug­pong ng Pag­babago, a re­gional po­lit­i­cal party, which also en­tered into al­liances with other re­gional and na­tional po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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