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Inday Sara joins Lakas-CMD after HNP resignation

/ 06:20 PM November 11, 2021
Davao City mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday joined the Lakas-CMD party just hours after leaving her regional party.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday joined the Lakas-CMD party just hours after leaving her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), further fueling speculations on her possible run for a national post.

Duterte-Carpio took oath as a member of Lakas-CMD before House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, the president of the party, at the Revilla Farm in Silang, Cavite at exactly 6 p.m.

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Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., the party’s chairman, was also present at the oathtaking ceremony.

“The officials and members of Lakas-CMD are elated to welcome Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as new member of our party,” Romualdez said.

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“We had long been inviting Mayor Inday to join our party as we are all impressed with her sterling qualities as a leader and we saw up close her exemplary work ethic as chief executive of Davao City,” he added.

WATCH: Sara Duterte takes oath as member of Lakas-CMD

WATCH: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio takes oath as a member of Lakas-CMD just hours after resigning from her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.The party is led by ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Duterte-Carpio allegedly played a hand in the installment of the former chief executive as House Speaker in 2018. | via Neil Arwin Mercado, INQUIRER.netREAD: inq.news/Sara-Lakas-CMD

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According to Romualdez, Duterte-Carpio “will be a very promising leader and a tremendous asset to the Lakas-CMD.”

Duterte-Carpio’s move to join Lakas-CMD further fuels speculations that she will seek a national post for next year’s elections, although it remains unclear whether she will vie for the presidency or vice presidency.

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To recall, Duterte-Carpio withdrew her certificate of candidacy for Davao City mayor and was replaced by her brother, incumbent vice mayor Sebastian Duterte.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, one of Duterte-Carpio’s closest allies, earlier claimed that the Davao City mayor would gun for the presidency and would most likely run under Lakas-CMD which is led by former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Duterte-Carpio and Macapagal-Arroyo are no strangers with each other. In 2018, it was said that Duterte-Carpio played a hand in the ouster of then House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the installment of Macapagal-Arroyo at the helm of the lower chamber.

The Lakas-CMD has fielded its executive director Anna Capela Velasco and member Lyle Fernando Uy as presidential and vice presidential candidates.

But House Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr., Lakas-CMD secretary general, earlier said that Duterte-Carpio would be their “priority” in case she decides to run for president before the November 15 deadline for substitution of candidates.

It remains unclear what Duterte-Carpio’s final move would be, especially as there are also talks that she would run as a tandem with presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who has said that he would not step down from his presidential bid.

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