DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she bears no grudge against Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go following reports of conflict between her and President Rodrigo Duterte’s former special assistant.
In a statement, Duterte-Carpio dismissed reports that she and her brothers were being kept at distance from their father and were required to get an appointment merely to see the President.
“This is not true. It seems the source talking does not know me. I do not hold a grudge against Senator Go with regard to his relationship with PRRD (President Duterte),” Duterte-Carpio said.
“I am not the keeper of the President, he is allowed to have his friends as I am. Why would I be furious about the need for an appointment to see the President, what matters is I see the President. Mababaw itong source na ito (This source is shallow),” he added.
Duterte-Carpio’s statement comes after she urged her father and the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to be accountable with their political decisions for next year’s elections.
Breaking her silence on the Go-Duterte tandem, the Davao City mayor said her father wanted her to take Go as her vice-president if she runs for president, even as the Chief Executive said he will run for vice president with the senator as president.
“I strongly suggest to the President and Senator Go to own up publicly their decision to run as a tandem. If they can confirm it privately, then I do not see the reason why they cannot be candid about it to the public. They should simply present to the people what they can offer to our country and how they can help our fellow Filipinos,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“I am not a ‘last two minutes’ person. I think, I organize, and I implement accordingly. In the meantime, I refuse to be a political punching bag for a party in a complete array,” she said.
Duterte-Carpio has not announced her plans for 2022 and can run for one more term as Davao City mayor.
In July, Duterte-Carpio said she is open to run for president in the 2022 polls.
However, her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago had said Duterte-Carpio may not run for president under any party if her father guns for the vice presidency.
She is also “not interested” in partnering up with her father in the presidential and vice presidential race.
Duterte-Carpio and her party successfully mounted a national campaign for several senatorial bets, including those from the ruling PDP-Laban and other parties allied with the Duterte administration.