By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent
Conceding it’s impossible for the Hukpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) to win the 12 seats in the senatorial race, the party’s Campaign Manager and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told their “weak candidates” to intensify their campaigning to advance their senatorial bid.
“That’s Impossible! In reality, 12 is impossible! But we are hopeful to get the majority,” said Duterte.
The Davao Mayor said she reminded their weak senatorial candidates to return to the areas where there are many voters. She also told those lagging behind the surveys to campaign harder.
“We really have seen that those with TV ads have (the) advantage. So we told them to get TV ads,” said Duterte.
The president’s daughter said she is happy the HNP is on the last stretch of its campaign across the nation.
After the campaign sorties in Palawan, Jolo, Sulu and Tawi-tawi last week and Camiguin this week, she can now take a break.
Pressed if there’s pressure for her to run for president in 2022, the Davao Mayor said, “This is not correct time to think of running for a higher position because (the next presidential election) is still far and many things can still happen. It is not the time to sit down and think about the pros and cons.”
But, she added, “I cannot answer that right now because my plan is to be given an opportunity to finish my full three terms as mayor. I can still do many things for Davao City.”
“As I have been saying, I cannot tell what will happen next. We don’t know what will happen to our life, just like we do not know when are we going to die,” she added.
Amid persistent speculations about the plan of the Davao Mayor to run for President in 2022, the President guaranteed the public that he would advise his daughter to “lay off.”
He emphasized that the job of a chief executive is not rewarding because of the exhaustion, the insults and the slurs. While the presidency was a “gift from God,” he said the job itself “had nothing to offer.”
“I have a lot of heartaches with my job. I regret it, to be honest, I ought not to have opted to run. That’s true,” the President admitted.
“It has nothing to offer. You (have to) do everything, you will even go to the mountains to talk. You will go to Marawi. You will risk your life. (Don’t do it) unless (your) patriotism is overflowing.”
From hindsight the President said, “I won’t run anymore. Maybe only for mayor. But that would be — this would be my last term.”