- Davao City mayor denied newly-formed group is meant to counter opposition
- She said even critics are welcome to join as group advocates unity of all Filipinos
- She also said group is not her personal political vehicle for national post
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the newly-formed ‘Tapang at Malasakit’ was not meant to counter the ‘Tindig Pilipinas’ group currently headed by critics of her father’s administration.
According to Carpio, everyone—including the opposition—is welcome to join their alliance.
“In fact, we are asking them to join us, this is a call for support for our country, let us turn this country around and do everything for the Filipino,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying. “Kung ayaw makipag-alyansa, gumawa ka na lang ng [If you don’t want to join, then just do something] positive for your country and not against your fellow Filipinos.”
Carpio also denied that ‘Tapang and Malasakit’ was a political party and her personal vehicle for a national post in the upcoming elections.
“This is not a political party. Tapang at Malasakit is an alliance of initially all the groups that supported the campaign of President Duterte during the elections. But this is also a call to all Filipinos to come together for our country,” she said.
Dismissing rumors that she was running for senator or even president, Carpio said she had her eyes set as Davao’s representative in the 2019 elections.
“I do not have plans on running for a national post in the 2019 elections. I have plans for running for the 1st congressional district of Davao City,” she said. “Kung tatakbo man akong senador, ‘di ako mag-a-announce ngayon. Masyadong maaga. Pero wala talaga [Even if I would be running for senator, I would not announce it now. It’s too soon. But I really don’t have any plans].”