Can they handle it?
With the next mayoral election a year and a half away, this question — referring to former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte—is being discussed albeit discreetly by Dabawenyos.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has said he would not be seeking reelection in 2016.
Dabawenyos are so used to the Duterte leadership that they would raise question about capability in case the City Hall occupant is not Duterte.
Of course, daughter Sara did it in a term and she had proven that Dabawenyos could not be wanting if Duterte leaves City Hall.
Son Paolo has learned the ropes and he could be as capable as the father or the sister.
If Sara and Paolo are capable leaders, honed by Duterte for the job, why linger the question?
First, for sentimental reasons: Some Dabawenyos could not accept anybody except Duterte as their mayor. There are selfish Dabawenyos who want to squeeze the juice dry out of Duterte no matter if he had already served them for more than 20 years.
Second could be about business and progress and the future of Davao City.
Although, he is more known for his iron-fist anti-crime program, the more serious about the city’s leadership knew that Duterte is also an acute businessman running a corporate Davao City government that he has, during his 20-year rule, developed from a poor, nervous city in outback Mindanao in the late 80s into today’s most prosperous metropolis in the country.
Many Dabawenyos think of criminals when they talk about their mayor.
They are ignorant of the fact that Duterte is a corporate genius managing the second largest city in the world in terms of area, with a population of more than one million and the melting pot of the country’s regional groupings.
If they have doubts about Sara and Paolo taking over the city, this should be addressed to their capability on how to continue the corporate and managerial acumen of the father.
Duterte had served the Dabawenyos for many long years that he should be given a break as a reward.
How about making him President of the Philippines?