‘It is important for Duterte that his successor is somebody that would protect him from the many cases that would be filed against him for the violations of the Constitution that he has committed during his presidency.’
THE title of this column is borrowed from Jose Rizal’s masterpiece Noli Me Tangere, which is best explained by historian Ambeth Ocampo in his 2016 column as “one is pretending not to appear interested in something, though in reality one is desperate to have it.”
In a matter of just two weeks, the line of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Duterte, has been revised from “I am not being coy nor am I doing a last minute. If the whole country doesn’t want to believe that, then I can’t do anything about it.
Not everyone wants to be president. I am one of them.”
She has been quoted in news reports, responding to “Run, Sara, Run” activities: “I am always grateful that I have their trust and confidence. I am pleading to them to please allow me to run for President in 2034, if at that time there is something I can do to help the country.”
But the presidential elections is in May 2022. Duterte-Carpio said, “Ang isang Pangulo may anim na taon lang para tumulong, di ko magagawa maayos ang trabaho kung hindi tayo magkaisa (A president has six years to help. I cannot do my job well if we are not united.
We want to lift our fellowmen out of poverty, we need all hands-on deck working hard and not spend the next 6 years wringing each other’s necks.”
This is a repudiation of her father’s insulting remarks last month when he said his daughter is not running for president after his term because, he said, the presidency is not for women. “I told Inday not to run kasi naawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko (I told Inday not to run because I feel bad for her that she would have the same experience that I had). Hindi ito pambabae (This is not meant for women).”
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Her ‘jele jele bago quire’ is straight out of her father’s strategy in 2016 when he kept on saying he was not interested to run for president while going around the country under the guise of a campaign for federalism. He grabbed headlines by not filing his certificate of candidacy before the deadline set by the Commission on Elections and opted for the substitution provision.
Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also played that game before. And so did many other politicians. “If the people insist, how can I refuse?” is the tired, old line.
It is important for Duterte that his successor is somebody that would protect him from the many cases that would be filed against him for the violations of the Constitution that he has committed during his presidency. The families of those killed in his drug war campaign will want him to account for the murder of their kin. There’s also the “crime against humanity” complaint filed with the International Criminal Court.
He also has to answer for the more than P200 million deposits at the Bank of the Philippine Islands which he did not report in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when he was Davao City mayor as required by law.
Duterte-Carpio is his co-holder of that account.