MANILA (UPDATE) — Labor leader Leody De Guzman on Wednesday dared Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for president in the 2022 elections.
This, after the president’s daughter withdrew her bid for reelection, drawing speculations that she may run for a higher office.
In a tweet, De Guzman challenged the Duterte-Carpio to run in order for Filipinos to express their feelings toward the administration of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Mainam nang sumabak si Sara Duterte sa pagkapangulo. Para mas maiparamdam ng masa ang pagkamuhi sa palpak at marahas na gobyerno ng kaniyang ama,” the Partido Lakas ng Masa presidential aspirant said.
(It would be good for Sara Duterte to run for the presidency, so the masses could express their dismay at his father's governance.)
De Guzman's running mate, Walden Bello, claimed, meanwhile, that Duterte-Carpio's withdrawal from the mayoralty race in Davao City could result in an alliance between her and former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., another 2022 presidential aspirant.
“Sara's withdrawal confirms what I've been saying all along: it’s the Duterte-Marcos axis of evil coming together,” Bello told reporters.
“However form they want to shape it, whether they run together under one ticket or under false pretenses of being in separate political parties, we cannot overlook their intention to build an unholy alliance to continue pillaging our country’s resources. The only way to prevent this from happening — again, if I might add — is through a new politics. That's why Ka Leody and I entered the race."
Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda claimed that Duterte-Carpio would be running for president in next year's elections.
Salceda said he last spoke to Duterte-Carpio an hour "before everything went down."
Duterte-Carpio, 43, has repeatedly denied that she will run for president next year. In case she decides otherwise, she has until Nov. 15 to substitute a registered aspirant whose political party she must first join.
The presidential daughter chairs the Hugpong ng Pagbabago regional party of Davao.
Seeking to reverse the politics of Duterte, De Guzman is among 97 individuals who filed their candidacy for President in the 2022 elections.
The other presidential aspirants include Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, and former presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella.
The list will be trimmed in the coming weeks to remove those found to be nuisance candidates.
The official campaign period for national position candidates for the May 9, 2022 elections will start on Feb. 8, 2022.