By Junex Doronio
October 12, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Apparently hoping that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will break her own word and mimic her father who was a substitute candidate in the 2016 presidential race, House Deputy Speaker and Lakas-CMD secretary-general Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. has admitted that they are reserving their party’s standard-bearer spot for the presidential daughter.
But this was immediately shot down by a former government official close to the Duterte family, describing all those plans to have Duterte-Carpio as substitute candidate of some pro-administration political parties as “impossible and useless.”
“Mayor Sara is not a member of PDP-Laban. In fact, she detests the party and would “not share (her) light” on its slate, so how can she replace Sen Bato? We should stop this hogwash that the neophyte senator was fielded for her,” close Duterte ally and former National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Peter Tiu Lavina said on his Facebook post.
He added: “She is not also a member of Lakas-CMD, PPP, and other parties, so how can she substitute those unknowns from these political parties but bold enough to file their CoCs for President? All these theories that she can substitute for any Tom, Dick, or Harry are attempts to boil the ocean. It’s impossible and useless.”
On October 8, the last day for filing of certificates for candidacy (COCs), a certain Anna Capella Velasco filed a COC for president under Lakas-CMD, while Lyle Fernando Uy filed for vice president under the same party.
Pichay said Velasco is Lakas-CMD’s executive director while Uy is a “member.”
He bared that Lakas-CMD is reserving a standard-bearer spot for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has already rejected running for president and has filed her COC for re-election as Davao City mayor.
“We can also consider Bongbong Marcos,” Pichay further revealed.
However, Marcos has already filed a COC for president under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).
Under Comelec en banc resolution 10717, dated Aug. 1, 2021, aspirants who are members of a political party or coalition who were able to file COC can withdraw and be substituted until Nov. 15, 2021. (ai/mtvn)