Sara 'not happy' with divorce bill? Duterte just joking, says daughter

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2018 09:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wave farewell to the send-off party as they prepare to board the Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 at the Qionghai Boao International Airport on April 10, 2018 following their participation to the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018. Also in the photo is the President's grandson Mateo. Simeon Celi, Jr, Malacanang Photo

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said Thursday her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, was only joking when he said he opposed the divorce bill because she was "not happy" with it.

The Chief Executive earlier this month told Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that he cannot support the dissolution of marriage bill currently pending in Congress, asking his ally to speak to Sara instead.

But the younger Duterte insisted, her father had a stand regarding the proposed law way back.

"Marami ang hindi nakaintindi na it was a joke by PRRD. But if you can remember, sa simula pa lang, wala pa ang divorce bill sa House of Representatives, sinabi na ni PRD na he was personally against the bill," she said during the Tapat at Malasakit event.

Mayor Sara and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who authored the bill, earlier had a feud when the latter allegedly called the mayor part of the opposition when she formed Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

She said she has no personal opinion on the divorce bill as she is not a member of the House of Representatives.

"My job is a local chief executive sa Davao City, so hindi mag-matter ang aking thoughts about divorce dahil hindi ko trabaho ang mag-legislate o sumali sa discussion sa House of Representative about divorce," she said.

Mayor Sara also said she has not talked to her father on the proposed law.

"We do not discuss issues. We discuss family problems, 'yung away namin, problema sa pamilya, or mga activities ng pamilya. We do not discuss trabaho and issues."