MANILA - “Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty ninyo?”
President Rodrigo Duterte asked the question jokingly to the Cayetanos in a speech at an event of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority at the family’s bailiwick Taguig City.
“Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty ninyo (When will your dynasty end)? Well, you can ask the question safely with me,” he said, noting his own family’s stronghold on Davao City.
Members of the Cayetano family who are involved in politics include House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the Taguig-Pateros Representative and Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 elections. The former senator also served as Duterte's foreign affairs chief.
Cayetano’s wife Lani, meanwhile, represents the second district of Taguig.
The couple’s candidacies in separate legislative districts were questioned by a Taguig resident before the Commission on Elections over domicile issues but the poll body junked the petition.
The Speaker's brother, Lino, meanwhile, is the incumbent mayor of the city while their sister, Pia is a returning senator.
Alan Peter, his wife Lani, and Lino were at the event.
Like the Cayetanos, the Dutertes also dominate elected posts in Davao City.
The President’s eldest daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio is the incumbent mayor while his youngest son, Sebastian is the vice mayor. Duterte’s eldest son Paolo, meanwhile, represents the city at the House of Representatives.
President Duterte even joked that he no longer sees Paolo and that the latter should just join the New People's Army.
“Inday is OK, si Sebastian. Si Pulong, hindi ko na nakikita. Papalit-palit ng partido. Mag-NPA na lang siya, mas mabuti pa,” he said.
(Sara is OK, as well as Sebastian. I no longer see Paolo. He keeps on changing parties. He should just join the NPA.)