By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
Davao City Mayor and vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio has joined forces with former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to ensure their victory in next year's national elections.
Duterte-Carpio confirmed that her party, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), sought the support of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for Marcos but the latter turned her down.
"Ang aking partido ay nakipag-alyansa at humingi ng suporta para kay Bongbong Marcos at para sa akin matapos kong tanggapin ang inyong hamon at panawagan. Tinanggihan ito ng PDP at naiintindihan natin ito (Our party made an alliance and sought support for myself and Bongbong Marcos after accepting the challenge to run. PDP-Laban rejected this and we understand it)," she said in a video statement posted on her Facebook page.
"Pero gusto ko lamang na linawin — walang pangalan na sinisira o dinudungisan, walang sinasagasaan, walang inaagrabyado, inaaway, pinapaiyak o inaapi (But I want to clarify, we are not ruining anybody's name, nor are we making anybody cry)," she added.
Despite this, the presidential daughter appealed to the public to continue supporting the Duterte administration.
"Sa muli, nananawagan ako ng pagkakaisa. Ang layunin natin ay hindi lamang ituloy ang mga magagandang nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte kundi ang mas pagbutihin at mas palawigin pa ang mga ito (I ask for unity. Our goal is not only to continue what President Duterte has started but also to improve them)," Duterte-Carpio said.
"The people will make me strong. And it is through our solidarity and unity that we will be able to build a stronger nation," she added.
The mayor said that the long electoral battle has just begun.
"Nagsisimula pa lang ang ating laban. Alam ko na mahaba at mahirap ito pero kampante ako na sasamahan at tutulungan nyo ako hanggang sa dulo, hanggang maipanalo natin ito para sa ating mahal na bayan at kapwa Pilipino (the fight is just starting. I know it will be long and difficult but I am certain that you will be with me until the end, until we emerge victorious for country and people)," she said
Marcos' Partido Federal ng Pilipinas party has adopted Duterte-Carpio, who is running under Lakas-CMD, as its vice-presidential bet.
When he filed his certificate of candidacy in October, Marcos said that he initially picked Duterte-Carpio's father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to run for vice president alongside him.
But the President said then that he was retiring from politics.
Duterte however changed his mind and on Monday filed his candidacy for senator.
Over the weekend, the Chief Executive said in a video on pro-administration page Banat By that he never made any promise that he would support Marcos, claiming without giving evidence that the former senator is "pro-communist."
The President added that he will support the presidential candidacy of Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, who has been his special assistant for years.
Go, who originally filed for vice president under PDP-Laban, switched candidacies to run for president under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, a party that was formed in 2018.