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Manila Standard : Sara backs Marcos, seeks more support

News & Interviews
17 November 2021

By Jimbo Gulle | Manila Standard

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the vice presidential nominee of LakasCMD, on Monday asked for support for the presidential aspirations of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“My party has allied with and is asking for support for Bongbong Marcos and myself, after I accepted your challenge and call (to run for national office)," President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter said in a video message posted on her Facebook page Tuesday night.Sara said her father's party PDP-Laban rejected her appeal for support, but said she understood the party's position.

"But I want to make it clear – we have not sullied any names, we havenot run over or aggrieved anyone, we did not fight, send into tears, or oppressed anyone," she said.

Lakas-CMD president Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez earlier indicated the party's support for the presidential candidacy of Marcos, his cousin.

Marcos' party, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, on Monday officially adopted the Davao mayor as its vice presidential candidate after Sara filed as a substitute for Lakas-CMD.

“The November 15 deadline has ended, but our fight is just beginning,"

Sara told her supporters, referring to the last day set by the Commission on Elections for the filing of substitute candidates fornational and local posts.

"I know that this is a long, hard fight, but I am confident that you will come with me and help me until the end, until we win this for our beloved country and for our fellow Filipinos," she began in her 109-second FB video.

"In truth, your overwhelming support has given me the strength, inner fortitude and inspiration. If it weren’t for you, I would be out of this (race)," Sara said.

"Now I just want to start our fight through this call: let us unite, all of us who support the Duterte administration. We all have one dream – to have a strong, peaceful, and progressive country," she added.