By Antonio L. Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has dispelled rumors that she will run for a national post in the 2019 elections, but has expressed her intention this early to just seek re-election so that she could finish her administration’s high priority projects.
“I would like to, if you allow me, run for city mayor again because I need to finish my priorities,” Duterte announced before 300 attendees of the Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII) on Friday at the SMX Convention Center Davao here.
She added that she intends to complete all her projects, including the High Priority Bus System and more farm-to-market roads, before she finally steps down as city mayor.
The farm-to-market roads are needed to provide more access to farmers in the hinterlands, and roads “usually open up areas to business and investment” that will boost the livelihood of the people while the new bus system is needed to address traffic congestion, according to her.
Carpio said she fears that these projects, which could only be realized beyond the 2019 elections, would not be completed if she does not seek re-election.
However, she remained coy about making this decision to run for another term as Davao City major final.
According to her, “everything is fluid” until the filing of certificate of candidacies (COCs) sometime October this year on whether she would run as a candidate as congresswoman representing the first district instead.
If joining the Lower House will be advantageous for the city, then the mayor said she would run for a seat in the House of Representatives.
But she was also quick to point out that, since she prefers to “live and work in Davao City,” another three years as mayor would be a more likely choice.
“Everything is fluid because there are many decisions about politics that are not left up to me personally, especially we are considering different circumstances surrounding, of course, PRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) – his presidency,” she said.
Before she was elected as mayor in 2016, Carpio served as vice mayor from 2007 to 2010 and elected mayor from 2010 to 2013 with her father, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as then vice mayor. Carpio went into private practice as lawyer when her father ran again as mayor in 2013 until he was elected first Mindanawon president in 2016 elections.