MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday confirmed that she plans to run for Congress, but gave a cryptic answer when asked if she is willing to lead the House of Representatives should she win in the 2019 polls.
Reports about the younger Duterte's plan to take the speakership from incumbent House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez surfaced after the mayor hit the lawmaker for his supposed comments on the formation of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party she leads.
"Dalawa lang naman ang pupuntahan ko... Definitely, I will not run for senator so it's just city mayor or congressman," Duterte-Carpio said Friday at the launch of HNP in Davao City.
Asked if she is keen to take the speakership, Duterte said: "Well, everything is up in the air right now. I-discuss namin sa party what is best for Davao region."
On Thursday, the Davao City mayor took to social media to slam Alvarez's comment that HNP was an opposition party because it did not have the President's blessing. Alvarez is a stalwart of Duterte's party PDP-Laban.
Duterte-Carpio said the country is better off without Alvarez and said she would "put the cow in his proper place."
"He is not a leader. He will never be a leader. Many congressmen can do more than what he is delivering for the President," she said in a Facebook post Thursday, calling Alvarez an "insecure fat sleaze" in a separate statement.
"The Philippines will be a better country if he is not Speaker. PRD (Duterte) will be a stronger President without Alvarez," she added.
Alvarez denied allegations that he labelled HNP as an opposition party, but Duterte-Carpio stood by her claims.
"It's either kaming dalawa nung mayor na kausap niya ang nagsisinungaling o siya. It's two against one," she said.
Speaking to reporters in Butuan City Friday, Alvarez did not address the issue, saying: "No comment na ako diyan (I won't comment). Surrender."