Duterte’s daughter wants to leave the political circus
Through Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Journalist
The mayor of the city of DAVAO and presidential daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, on Wednesday asked her father not to drag her into his political walls.
“I respectfully advise them to stop talking about me and make me the reason they run or not run,” Carpio said in a statement.
Ms Carpio, who topped recent opinion polls on next year’s presidential elections, released the statement after President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would run for vice president next year . He also said he would give up his presidential ambition if his daughter ran for president.
She said her father spoke to her about his decision to run for vice president next year with her longtime aide Senator Christopher Lawrence T. Go, who is reportedly supposed to run for president. “It was not a pleasant event.”
The mayor of Davao said his father asked him in a letter to either support the Go-Duterte tandem in the 2022 election or take on Mr. Go as vice president.
Ms Carpio urged her father and Mr Go “to publicly confess their decision to run in tandem. If they can back it up privately, then I don’t see why they can’t be upfront about it in front of the public. ”
She also said she was not a “last two minutes” person, hinting at how she might become an alternate presidential candidate, which happened to her father in 2016.
“I organize and implement accordingly,” said Ms. Carpio. “In the meantime, I refuse to be a political punching bag for a party in disarray,” she added, referring to the ruling PDP-Laban factions.
Ms. Carpio wants to distance herself from her father “because they don’t have the same people behind them,” explains Jean S. Encinas-Franco, professor of political science at the University of the Philippines.
She also tries to present herself as an independent person “because female politicians, especially those running for president, normally mimic the strength generally attributed to men in power,” she said in a conversation on Facebook Messenger.
PDP-Laban said earlier that Mr. Duterte, who is prohibited by law from standing for election, had agreed to “make the sacrifice and heed the clamors of the people” by running for vice-president.
Mr Duterte and his allies could simply “test the waters” to find out what the public is feeling, Ms Franco said. The administration also tries to give the impression that Mr. Duterte’s brand of leadership is still needed.
“This kind of zarzuela is normal in our politics because we don’t have real democratic political parties,” said Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco, Principal Investigator at Ateneo De Manila University Policy Center.
“I really cannot say what is wrong with the administrative camp because there are too many voices speaking and the actors are positioning themselves,” he said. “What this tells us is that they still do not have a clear and defined campaign plan for 2022.”
Yusingco said the ruling party is not too agitated because the opposition has yet to come together. “They have the luxury of being so disorganized at this point because there is still no serious threat to their chances of winning in 2022.”
The executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, Ramon C. Casiple, said the administrative camp was only doing “the art of obscuring”, noting that many things were still at the negotiation stage.
“This has been the president’s tactic since entering politics in Davao,” he said during a chat on Facebook Messenger. “Let them guess until it’s too late. Don’t take this as the end result just yet.
Mr Duterte announced on Tuesday evening that he would run for vice-president next year. “I will continue the crusade,” he said during a televised press briefing, referring to his campaign against illegal drugs, crime and insurgency.
“I may not have the power to give direction or advice, but I can still express my opinions in public for what it may be worth in the coming days,” he added.
In the Philippines, the president and vice-president are elected separately and can come from opposing political parties. The vice president usually becomes powerless unless the president gives him a key position in his cabinet.
The Go-Duterte tandem is “just a smokescreen or a distraction for their real candidate,” said Ronward Munsayac, who belongs to a faction of the party allied with Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao.
“It is impossible for the president’s right hand to go against his boss’s daughter,” he said in a Viber message. “This tandem is just a distraction to protect their real candidate from political attacks and weaken the PDP-Laban with this decoy candidacy.”
He said Mr. Go and Mr. Duterte could withdraw from the race at any time – from the time of filing nomination papers until noon on election day.
Senator Aquilino L. Pimentel III said on Tuesday that choosing the party’s vice-presidential bet before nominating its presidential candidate was “an unusual complicated and roundabout process.”
Ms Carpio said Mr Pimentel and Mr Munsayac should “stop blaming me for the sad state of their political party”. “It’s not my fault that none of you are leaders worthy of the respect of the majority. Don’t blame me for the sitcom your party was reduced to. – with Alyssa Nicole O. Tan