2 choices for Mayor Sara: Reelection or Congress

MAYOR SARA Duterte-Carpio reiterated her plans to run for the mayoralty position in next year’s elections, virtually shutting down all rumors of her gunning for a senatorial seat in preparation for a presidency.

During the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center, Duterte said she intends to follow through with her programs for the progress of the city.

However, she’s not fully closing the possibility that she might run as a representative in the First Congressional District.

“Everything is still fluid right now,” Duterte said, adding that she will heed the clamor of the people. “But if it is just up to me, I would like to run for mayor. I want to see the projects like farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system to come into fruition during my term.”

Duterte started to join in politics as the city’s vice mayor in 2007 to 2010. She became the first lady mayor of the city for the years 2010 to 2013 and was elected again for the same position in 2016 to 2019.

Early this month, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its survey conducted on Dec. 8-11 last year, baring that Duterte was among the top 12 bets for the senatorial race. The mayor ranked ninth after former senator Pia Cayetano, re-electionist Juan Edgardo Angara and former senators Jose Ejercito Jr. and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The mayor’s final decision will be determined before the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Ma. Alegria Limjoco, president of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said during DCCCII’s event last Friday that they are also clamoring for the mayor to run for the national position.

“We thought we will see you in the national area,” Limjoco said.

Mayor Duterte said she needed to finish first her pet projects like the farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system that would help ease traffic in the city. The city government allocated P370 million for road developments, including the farm-to-market roads.

The high priority bus system, meanwhile, is aimed to serve as safer mass transport system for the public, Duterte said. She said this is in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, which is targeted to be set up in the middle of next year.

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