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Camp of Former Pres. Gloria Arroyo Speaks on Alleged Meeting w/ Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

GLORIA ARROYO – The camp of the former President broke its silence on the rumors that she met with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in Balesin.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio recently withdrew her candidacy for re-election in 2022 and endorsed her brother, Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, to take her place. Aside from it, she has yet to give further statements regarding her decision.

Amid the silence of the Davao City Mayor now, there are speculations that she will be the running-mate of former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. who is gunning for the presidency in 2022. There is also a claim that she will vie for president next year. Neither claims were confirmed nor denied by the presidential daughter as of this writing.

Sara Duterte
Photo: The Manila Times

Aside from it, there are speculations that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will meet with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Balesin Island. To this, the camp of the former President made a clarification.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
AFP Photo | Lifted from Inquirer

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Kris Sunga, a staff of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said that the former Chief Executive is not meeting with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on the island of Balesin.

With regards to the Election 2022, substitutions may take place until November 15, 2021 as set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). A total of 97 people filed their candidacy for president in the next election but some candidates were determined by the poll body as nuisance candidates.

Mayor Sara Duterte is one of the leading names in the results of surveys about possible presidential candidates in 2022. However, before the filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC), she put an end to the calls for her to run for president saying that she wants to finish three (3) terms as Davao City mayor.

Now, it seems that her decision has changed but she has yet to announce what’s next. More updates may be posted soon.

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