For the first time, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte explained why she chose presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos as her running mate in the 2022 national election.
In her speech at their caravan in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Inday Sara said that the experience in public service was one of the things she saw in Marcos so she chose him as president.
“Bakit si Bongbong Marcos ang pinili kong partner? Unang-una, he’s a former governor. Walang puwedeng kumuwestyon sa kanyang experience as governor. Parang ako, mayor. Local chief executive. Pangalawa, may experience siya sa House of Representatives. Naging congressman siya,” Inday Sara said.
She added, “Pangatlo, naging senador siya. Pinili ninyo, binoto ninyo. Naniniwala ako, and I confidently believe na ang kanyang experience: gobernador, congressman, senador — ito ang tutulong sa kanya para magampanan niya ang kanyang trabaho bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas,”
She also sent a message to her supporters and said that she preferred to be vice president even though she also hoped to win the highest position in the government.
“Sa huli, iiwan ko sa inyo ang mensahe — sa mga tumatawag pa rin sa akin na president. Ang tinatakbuhan ko ay vice president. Bakit? Because oftentimes in life, we find ourselves to be a leader. Pero sometimes, in our lives, we need to stand behind another leader,” She explained.
Inday Sara’s comment on what her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, was saying to Marcos was far from over. It will be recalled that the President called Marcos a “weak leader” and said that the former senator only carried the name of his father, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.
The president would also have preferred Inday to run for the highest position in the government and be the running mate of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. But it seems that the Davao City Mayor will not work in tandem with the former assistant to the President.
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