Former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte
By Junex Doronio
IT’S NOT YET CAMPAIGN TIME for 2022 but many oddsmakers were ecstatic seeing Senator Imee Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio together in what seemed to be a prelude to the much-anticipated “BBM-Sara tandem” 18 months from now.
The jolly and spunky senator visited five typhoon-hit provinces in Luzon on Wednesday, even taking a selfie while riding a helicopter earlier in the day.
In a statement, Marcos’ office said the two officials arrived by helicopter in Legazpi, Albay at 10 a.m. and proceeded to Naga City in Camarines Sur to distribute relief goods.
They also visited the typhoon Rolly-ravaged areas in Marinduque, Batangas, and Quezon.
“The undeniable personal closeness of Inday Sara and Imee may pave the way for the BBM-Sara tandem for the 2022 presidential elections,” political observers said.
BBM stands for Bongbong Marcos, the senator’s younger brother who once served as governor of Ilocos Norte and also senator who is contesting the alleged fraud-tainted vice presidential election in 2016.
The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, is expected to decide anytime soon on the electoral protest following the comments of the Office of the Solicitor General and the Commission on Elections that the PET can nullify the votes for vice president in the three provinces in Mindanao that Marcos claimed to have been rigged.
In the 2019 mid-term elections, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a political alliance founded by Duterte-Carpio, endorsed Imee Marcos for the Senate and won.
Meanwhile, two days before the deadline, Davao City residents came in droves digitally to register for the Safe Davao QR (Quick Response) code causing the servers to crash due to a heavy volume of traffic.
Duterte-Carpio assured her constituents that the tech team of the Davao City government is now “decongesting” the site. (ia)