By RALPH LAWRENCE G. LLEMIT | Sun Star
VICE presidential aspirant Sara Duterte-Carpio appealed to her supporters to vote for the "BBM [Bongbong Marcos]-Sara" tandem in the 2022 elections, saying that she cannot work with another presidential candidate other than her runningmate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
“Ang akong hangyo sa inyoha nga tagai ko og presidente nga ka tandem nako kay ang gusto sa tao nga trabaho nga makita sa akoa kay trabaho mabuhat ko lang na kung akong pangulo si Bongbong Marcos,” Duterte-Carpio said on Friday evening, November 28 during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines 2021 Regional Planning in Sugbo, Cebu.
(My appeal to you is to vote for who I am running with because the kind of work that people are expecting from me can only be accomplished if my president is Bongbong Marcos.)
Prior to her trip to Cebu, she had met with her supporters in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental.
The mayor explained that she can best perform her role as vice president with a president who can support her, direct the country, and make a decisive decision.
In her recent speech, she explained anew that she withdrew her candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor and ran for vice president.
Insisting that she was already firm with her decision not to run for president, she, however, considered running for the second-highest position as she wanted to meet her supporters halfway. She admittedly said many of them were still disappointed in her decision to settle for the vice presidency.
She said she opted instead to stand behind another leader, referring to Marcos.
"Kita pirmi sa atong kinabuhi, kita man gyud mag-una... Pero usahay gyud sa atong kinabuhi, kinahanglan ta mubarog sa luyo sa usa ka leader," she said.
(In our life, sometimes we have to lead. But sometimes, there is a part in our lives that we need to step back to make way for another leader.)
Duterte-Carpio also thanked the supporters of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for helping him win in 2016, but the vice-presidential aspirant asked them to support the tandem of Marcos-Sara Duterte for 2022.
Duterte-Carpio’s party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Lakas-Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) recently forged an alliance with Marcos’ party Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), along with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) to form Uniteam alliance.