BY JOANNA C. BALANZA
Given a choice between Davao City Hall and GMA Television Network, where does the heart of the Kapuso local star belong?
I would rather be a TV star, said lawyer Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio, former City Mayor, former Vice Mayor and daughter of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The quote is attributed to a report by a friend in media of Inday Sara, who does not want to be identified.
And the star in the popular segment, Kay Ingon Ni Inday, of the GMA-Davao daily morning public affairs television program Una Ka Bai.
The prospect of Inday Sara, City Mayor from 2010 to 2013) returning to City Hall is looming with Mayor Duterte announcing his retirement from politics in 2016.
The mayor said he wants Inday Sara to succeed him.
I intend to retire, that’s why I’m asking Inday to run as mayor again, he said.
Duterte said Inday Sara proved herself to be a leader when she was the city mayor.
Married to lawyer Mans Carpio, Inday Sara appears to be enjoying her life with family and her law practice with partner Mans and as a star in her own segment on GMA.
After cutting her short mayoral stint by not seeking reelection in 2013, Inday Sara however said she is not closing the doors on returning to politics.
But for now, she is enjoying the little fame she gets from the GMA show and as endorser of several well-known products in television and radio advertisements.
While Mayor Duterte’s retirement could pave the way for Inday Sara’s return to City Hall, doubts are circulating that the 20-year mayor may be leaving City Hall but not politics.
By not seeking reelection, is Mayor Duterte gearing up for the 2016 presidential race?
Speculations are rife that Duterte leaving the mantle of local political leadership of the Dutertes to Inday Sara in 2016, is a sign the mayor could be preparing for a higher position in the next election.
Duterte is being pushed to run for President in 2016 but he has persistently said he is not interested in the top post.
An ongoing signature campaign to convince him to run has already netted more than 10 million signatures.
Duterte has said he wants to retire by 2016 and disowned the “Duterte for President Movement,” the group spearheading a signature to convince him to run.
The group said it has netted nationwide more than 10 million signatures to convince Duterte to run.
Some quarters say Duterte opting to see Inday Sara taking his place in 2016 meant he could be clearing an obstacle for a presidential run by not seeking a mayoral reelection.
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
If daughter Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio is not running for mayor in 2016, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would not be wanting in another young leader to take his place if he would not seek reelection.
His son, Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte, the sitting Vice Mayor, is as capable as Inday Sara, who was mayor from 2010 to 2013.
Mayor Duterte said she preferred Inday Sara to take on the mantle of leadership because of her experience as city mayor.
But like Inday Sara (Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2010), Pulong has honeymooned with politics and governance for years, an experience that would be more than enough to qualify him for the top City Hall post.
Pulong emersed in grass-roots politics for years as village chief of Barangay Catalunan Grande and also for years honed his leadership as president of the Federation of the Association of Barangay Captains (FABC). As FADC head, Pulong sat as member of the Davao City Council representing the barangays and amassed a great wealth of experience in legislation making.
Pulong won an uncontested vice mayoral race in 2013.
Mayor Duterte, 69, with more than twenty years as mayor, has said he is not seeking reelection in 2016 and would prefer Inday Sara to run for mayor when he retires.
After her single mayoral term, Inday Sara had “temporarily” bid politics goodbye and focused on her family and law practice. She runs a law office with hubby Mans Carpio.
In interviews after the 2013 elections, Inday Sara said she was not yet closing the door on politics, indicating she could stage a return to City Hall in 2016 if her father would indeed not seek reelection.
Nevertheless, early speculations say the Duterte party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod was expected to field three candidates in the coming election: Duterte seeking reelection, Pulong sticking to his vice mayor post and Inday Sara taking on First District Congressman Karlo Nograles, son of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles whom Inday Sara soundly defeated in the 2010 mayoral race.
In this scenario, Inday Sara could switch poaition to run.
The second guess is that Inday Sara would seek a mayoral election, Pulong running for reelection and Duterte challenging Karlo Nograles in the First District congressional race.
The First District has been ever since Nograles country, with the elder Nograles beating Duterte-anointed cndidates, and his successor-son Karlo—who is seeking his third and final election in 2016 — trouncing Hugpong bets in 2010 (City Councilor Mabel Acosta) and in 2013 (former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan).
In is conceded that only a Duterte, especially Mayor Duterte, can unshackle a Nograles dominance in the First District.
But the most awaited scenario is the growing national clamor for Mayor Duterte for President in 2016. Will he or will he not run?