Sara Duterte may aim a national position – Comelec
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) stated on Wednesday that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte may run for a national position but this thing must be considered.
On Tuesday, November 9, the presidential daughter announced her withdrawal from the mayoralty race in Davao. Hours prior to her announcement, her younger brother Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte, withdrew his candidacy for Vice Mayor and stated that it was ordered by his sister.
In her announcement, the Davao City Mayor also said that she will be replaced by her brother who will be replaced by Davao City Councilor Melchor Quitain Jr. for the Vice Mayor position. However, she did not say yet what would be her next step after this. With this, speculations surfaced that she is aiming for a national position.
There were those who believed that she will run for the highest position in the government while some are anticipating that she will run for Vice President under presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos. Previously, the presidential daughter has reiterated several times that she is not running for president.
Based on the report from GMA News Online, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that Sara Duterte may run for a national position but it will not be under her party Hugpong ng Pagbabago because it is a regional party.
“Political party po ‘yan [Hugpong ng Pagbabago] pero regional. So hindi siya puwedeng tumakbo sa national level except as an independent candidate,” Jimenez said.
“Ang kailangan lamang ay maging member siya ng political party noong taong isa-substitute niya. Ibig sabihin hahalili siya sa ibang tao, kailangan kapartido siya ng taong ‘yon,” the Comelec spokesperson said.
Jimenez stressed that if Sara Duterte aims to use Article IX, Section 77 of Omnibus Election Code or the “substitution”, she should be a member of the same political party on or before November 15, the last day of filing of substitution for a candidate.
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