MANILA — First it was the camp of Isko Moreno until it got officially blasted by UniTeam’s vice presidential candidate in Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
However, pairing for convenience and benefits from her lofty front-running perch by other presidential candidates needed another clarificatory message from her even as she remains, and will remain loyal to the cause of UniTeam led by former senator Bongbong Marcos who is also unassailably leading in the presidential race.
Here is the full text of Inday Sara’s press statement on her purported team-up with other presidential wannabes:
“With only 48 days before the elections in May, my Vice Presidential candidacy continues to move forward — encouraged and inspired by the overwhelming welcome from thousands after thousands of Filipinos across the country.
We are barely half the journey, but I would have not reached this point in the campaign without the support of many local leaders, politicians, businessmen, people in nongovernment organizations and the academe, youth groups, women’s organizations, the Moro people, tribal leaders, and their communities, members of the LGBT community, the ordinary citizens who trust in me and joined my cause.
Once again, let me reiterate that I am aware that many of you wish to see me with another presidential candidate. I take that as a sign of confidence in me as a leader. And for that, I am truly deeply touched and honored.
But I am a person, a woman, a leader who values commitment and word of honor.
I am running for the position of Vice President and my President is Apo Bongbong Marcos. The presidency was the option for Apo BBM as it was for me. I chose the vice presidency.
When we agreed to form the UniTeam of Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte, we both agreed to run together with the singular purpose of improving the lives of the Filipinos and making the Philippines a stronger country.
Again, I intend to honor the commitment of my parties — the Lakas-CMD and Hugpong ng Pagbabago. That is to support Apo Bongbong Marcos as President.
I continue to pray and call on all my friends to trust that the UniTeam will serve our country with fairness, love, honor, and dedication — the way patriots should.