DAVAO CITY- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio affirmed she has no intention of accepting re-elected Davao del Norte Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez’s offer of reconciliation because the offer was deceiving and lacked sincerity.
The former House Speaker was reported offering to make peace with Duterte-Carpio.
In a statement issued by the City Information Office (CIO), Duterte-Carpio bared that unknown to Alvarez he was surreptitiously videotaped when he threatened, after his win in the recent elections in Davao del Norte, “Ipapahiya ko si Sara.”
The mayor also said Alvarez does not deserve peace as he was and he remains to be a very dangerous, machiavellian individual.
She also stressed that there is no truth to the claims made by Rep. Prospero Pichay that she "recommended" Rep. Martin Romualdez as Speaker of the House. She said if she did raise his hand during the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) rally in Tacloban was because he, just like Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, is supportive of the reform agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte –Carpio disclosed that Congressman-elect Alan Peter Cayetano was correct when he said that he did not seek for her endorsement when he came to Davao to talk to her sometime last year.
“He, however, came with a veiled threat, that if I endorse Rep. Velasco for Speaker, I would break up the "group." And this, he said, will affect the presidential elections of 2022,” she said.
She added that the question on the interest of Cong-elect Paolo Duterte to vye for Speaker of the HOR should best be addressed by our father because he is the President and our patriarch.
“In sum, I am only the Mayor of Davao City. I am not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next speaker. I only have a personal bet but do not intend to influence Congress. It is best if the newly elected members of the House of Representatives individually decide who among those who are interested to become the next Speaker can truly bring good governance and positive change to congress, to the Filipino people, and to our country,” she said. (LON MIN)