- President Duterte has distanced himself from the Mayor Sara-Speaker Alvarez row
- He said both of them are lawyers and should be able to iron out their differences
- But Alvarez said he never said Mayor Sara is already part of the opposition
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to make any comment on the growing tiff between Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The bickering between Alvarez and the younger Duterte erupted after the Speaker purportedly said the latter is now part of the opposition following her forming of a new politicial party separate from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) – the Hugpong ng Pagbabago or HNP.
On her social media account, Mayor Sara did not mince words in attacking Alvarez; calling the latter an a**hole and even threatening to expose the ‘truth’ about the Speaker.
Sought for comment, the President simply said both Alvarez and his daughter are lawyers and should be old enough to settle their misunderstanding between themselves.
“Puro man sila abogado, ‘di hayaan ko. Inday — noon pa ‘yan, Inday wanted to just — kami may hugpong kami. Hugpong is group. Hugpong sa Davao,” said Duterte.
[They’re both lawyers, let them be. Inday Sara, even before wanted to just – we have hugpong. Hugpong is group. Hugpong in Davao.]
The President added Sara’s new party, which she formed with Mindanao politicians, only has local dimension compared to PDP-Laban, which is a national party. He also blamed the media for hyping up the issue.
“Si Inday, local lang man ang dimensions niyan, ano lang ‘yan, ‘yung intriga. Media again,” said Duterte. [Inday’s party has only local dimensions. That’s only intrigue. Media again.]
Meanwhile, Alvarez has denied saying Mayor Sara is already part of the opposition; saying someone may have just misinterpreted his words.
“I never said those things and I will never say those things. I supported the President and will always support him,” he said in a text message to GMA News.