Mayor Sara says she intends to become House Speaker
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.