Roque hoping for ‘miracle’ of Sara Duterte running for president

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is hoping for a “miracle” that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte would run as president in the May 2022 national elections.

Roque is still undecided about running for senator in the 2022 polls but will consider pushing through if Sara, who filed her candidacy for reelection in Davao City, changes her mind.

He made this remark after the People’s Reform Party (PRP) disclosed that he is among the senatorial candidates of the political party formed by the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

“Unang-una po, umaasa pa rin tayo na gaya ng sinabi natin na nais natin tumakbo kasama po si Mayor Sara, ‘yan po yung pinaka importanteng konsiderasyon. (We are still hopeful that I could run together with Mayor Sara, that’s the most important consideration),” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Roque acknowledged that Sara herself has dismissed substituting for other candidates, but he is still hoping that she would rethink this decision.

“Habang hindi pa po tapos ‘yung substitution marami pa rin pong umaasa. Alam ko po sinabi niya hindi na talaga, pero malay niyo naman po magkaroon ng milagro (While substitution has not ended yet, there are still those hoping. I know she said she won’t run, but a miracle could still happen),” he added.

Political parties only have until November 15 to replace their candidates for the 2022 polls.

Roque said he was also considering the huge amount of money needed to campaign for a national position.

“Ako po’y hindi anak mayaman, hindi po ako anak politiko. Napakatinding paghamon ‘yung salapi na kinakailangan para tumakbo (I was not born with rich parents and I am not the child of politicians. The amount needed to run for a national post is a huge challenge),” he added.

On October 2, Sara filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for her third and final term for mayor.

She did not give in to her supporters’ clamor for her to run for president in the 2022 polls up to the last minute of the COC filing last October 8.

Instead, it was former Philippine National Police chief, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who filed his COC for president under PDP-Laban. He is also a member of Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago party.

In a press statement last Friday, PRP vice president Rey David said Roque is expected to join former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. in the PRP Senate slate as a substitute candidate.

He said the party is also hopeful that Sara would reconsider her political decision and run for the presidency. (PNA)

PACQUIAO: Team-up with Robredo possible

“Hanggang hindi pa tapos ang November 15, anything can happen, possible sa lahat ng mangyayari. Hindi tayo nag-close ng door,” Senator Manny Pacquiao said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channelsaid Friday when asked on a possible team-up with Vice President Leni Robredo.

Pacquiao and Robredo are seeking the presidency in next year’s election.

While both have filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for president, the senator said he is still open to the possibility of teaming up with the vice president, especially as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) allows substitution of candidates until November 15. 

ADO PAGLINAWAN: Bongbong Marcos, not Sara Duterte, should be President in 2022

Sara an unknown quantity


I say if you really are for Sara, you would respect her decision and not throw her to the lions at the time when is uncomfortable to fight a fight that will not be yours but her own.

Para kayong mga bata – oh Sara pitikin mo nga sa tenga yan si Isko.

Sabunutan mo nga yang si Leni. Suntukin mo nga yang si Pakyu. Salsalin mo nga yang si Pinky. Gantsohin mo nga yang si Bongbong. I could not understand why you are pitting her for presidency when she is unprepared – SHE IS YET AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY.

What is her stand on the South China Seas, on the Chinese, the Americans now the Australians, and Asean? How will she cure the moribund state of our agricultural economy that her father has turned over to the traders?

How does she propose to turnaround our commercial and industrial economy? Post-pandemic when we need close to create 7 million jobs. I can go on and on and the only reason why the yellows and the oligarchs have taken over the Run-Sara-Run is because she favors opening ABS-CBN – the only stand I know about her on national issues.

This piece is a reprint of a comment by Ado Paglinawan to a story by Roger M. Balanza published in The Durian Post and posted on Facebook

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For the meantime all the four opposition candidates have positioned themselves, especially in Mindanao in anticipation of her running for the presidency armed with American and oligarchic gold to make sure the Dutertes are routed out in Mindanao that they consider their bailiwick.


Meron syang diskarteng presidential at meron syang tibay ng kalooban to stand against populist emotionalism. Anak sya ni Digong na calculating ang decision, hindi pabigla-bigla kaya nga tayo ang nabibigla dahil hindi sya tradpol na karamihan sa atin.

In fact she is made of even sturdier stuff than her father – she is half German afterall!

Aba do you know what it takes to say no to accolade of almost thunderous clamor, especially among women voters. Ang daming nasira dyan, una na sina Isko, Pinky, Pakyu at Leni.

Not Sara.

Her ultimate show of humility is that she knows Bongbong Marcos will best the country starting next year. Bansa ang inisip nya, hindi ang kanyang sarili. Hindi ba iyan ang unang tinuro ni Digong sa kanya about public service?


Patapusin nyo ang last three years nya bilang meyor ng Davao para ma-proteksyonan nya at palakasin pa ang Duterte foothold sa Mindanao, patakbuhin nyo sya na senador sa 2025 at pangulo sa 2028. 

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Serafin Ledesma JrAdo, i suggest you just stick to your own agenda. With the way you appraise Davao City Mayor Inday Sara, it is so obvious that you know very little of her. The reason why BongBong and even Imee developed a bond of friendship, Imee in particular, is on account of their mutual respect of their political stand, knowledge of geopolitical matters and dedication to public service.Leave Balanza and the rest to their own …as you say “analysis”. This is a free country. Cool it man.

Balanza Montano Rogelio Sr.Ado Paglinawan Nice piece Ado. Your convulted assessment of Mayor Inday Sara, her politics and the 2022 presidential election; and yur dislike for Inday Sara to become the next President spiced up by your disregard of the voices of the millions of Filipinos who support that direction for Inday Sara, confirms what I had long ago confirmed: Ado is a reincarnation of the much-hated late president Ferdinand Marcos, sent down to earth by Satan, to help the son become president to be able to subject the nation into more suffering as in the days of the cruel dictator. What a shame!

THE DURIAN BEAT: Sara can still run for President, without substituting for Bato

Sara for President in 2022 still alive


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte can still run for President in the 2022 elections through substitution, even if she cannot substitute for Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa or Ernie Abella, who have filed their Cetificates of Candidacy (COC) for president seen as in preparation for Sara’s presidency by substitution.

Sara has dumped a presidential run and has already filed a reelection bid. But speculations are rife she would withdraw her mayoral bid and switch to a crack at the presidency and file her COC before November15, the deadline for filing by substitution candidates.

But who will Sara replace as a presidential candidate?


She cannot replace Bato, a close ally of her father President Rodrigo Duterte, who belongs to the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), who filed his COC under that party. Also note that Sara has said that she and the regional party she founded, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, are not comfortable with the PDP-Laban, that is chaired by President Duterte.

Sara also cannot be a subsitute for Abella, a former Duterte spokesman, because he filed his COC as an independent candidate.

The Omnibus Election Code says a candidate can only be subsituted by another who belongs to the same party, which rules out Bato. An independent candidate, like Abella, can not also be substituted under the rules of the election code.

So, quo vadis Sara, if she wants to answer the call of Pinoys to be the country’s next President if she cannot file as a subsitution for Bato and Abella?

There is a knight in shining armor and a party she can hold on to in this predicament: Leonardo Fernandez, who has filed his COC for President, and the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP), the national party that he leads. If Sara is looking for somebody to substitute, it is Fernandez. The election code does not bar any politicians from joininganyparty. The party would welcome her with open arms because it has in fact prepared the Fernandez presidential bid for the eventuality of a subsitution secenario for the 2022 polls for Sara.

What now? Sara becomes a member of PPP, gets a Certification of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA), go to Comelec anytime during the substitution period that ends on November 15, file a new COC and CONA as substitute for Fernandez, and, given that she is way, way ahead by many miles against potential rivals in the presidential preference surveys by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, zoom away to victory in the race to Malacanang in May 2022.


The scenario of Sara runnong for President as a subsitute candidate of the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) is detailed in a Manila Times, October 9, report:

PPP presidential candidate offers slot for Mayor Sara

The chairman of the Davao-based Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) has filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president to keep their hopes of a Sara Duterte-Carpio presidency alive.

Former Tourism Secretary and Cebu gubernatorial candidate Ace Durano disclosed this move by PPP chairman Leonardo Fernandez.

Durano, regional president of PPP-Central Visayas, said Fernadez filed his COC for president so that Duterte-Carpio will have the option for a substitution should the Davao City mayor decide to run for the country’s highest government position.

The filing of COC ended last Friday, October 8, but changes remain possible as the deadline for substitution is on November 15 yet.

“During the convention, the PPP nominated Inday Sara-Duterte as the party’s candidate for president,” said Durano.

“Now the chairman of PPP, Mr. Leo Fernandez filed COC for President to give an opportunity to Mayor Inday for substitution if she decides to run for president,” Durano added.

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ROQUE:Mayor Sara won’t be substitute presidential candidate

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gathered, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will not be a substitute for Senator Ronald dela Rosa in the 2022 presidential derby.

Despite mounting calls to succeed her father, Duterte is firm in her reelection bid for the third and final time, Roque said in a text message on Friday.

“She said there will be no substitution,” Roque replied when pressed about his plan in case Duterte replaces dela Rosa as the standard bearer of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Roque himself abandoned his senatorial ambition as he said he will only run if Duterte will join the presidential race.

Political parties can replace their candidates for the May 9, 2022 elections until November 15.

Duterte’s supporters gathered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex on Friday, hoping she will beat the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Harbor Garden Tent.

In a statement issued Friday, she said while she is “honored with the gift of trust and respect” of many Filipinos, she has decided to stay in Davao City.

“Thank you to everyone who have expressed their support. Many of you do not know me and yet, you carry me over your shoulders,” she posted on her Facebook account.

On October 2 after Senator Christopher “Bong” Go filed his COC for vice president, President Rodrigo Duterte told reports in an ambush interview that his daughter will team up with Go.

The younger Duterte never acknowledged the President’s statement.

Dela Rosa, after filing his COC on Friday, said he was not aware if PDP-Labas officials are talking to the Davao mayor.

“That would be good. But this is a party decision. This is not my personal decision,” he said of the possibility of the presidential daughter replacing him.

On Saturday, the mayor continued to post photos of her supporters.

Patuloy po ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat. Kasama nyo pa rin ako sa pagmahahal sa Pilipinas (My continued gratitude to all of you. I am with you in our love for the Philippines). God bless us all,” she posted. (PNA)


The possibility of Senator Ronald dela Rosa becoming President after the 2022 national elections, ends on or before November 15, 2021.

The ruling PDP-Laban party is Senator Dela Rosa in the 2022 presidential race as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is not running for President and only seeking reelection.

Will this close the door for Sara to run for President? No.

Because Bato is only a scapegoat for the presidential daughter’s race to the Palace to replace her father President Rodrigo Duterte whose term ends in 2022.

There is a law in Philippine elections that allows subsitution of candidates who have already filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC)— deadline is October 8 — with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Sara running for President is easy and simple as ABC. On or before November 15 — the deadline for submission of the COC of the substituting candidate — Sara withdraws her COC filed with Comelec Davao for Davao City Mayor, and then file another COC for President with Comelec national.

It happened before. President Duterte filing for President through substitution in the 2016 election. This is going to happen again.

With the nation eagerly awaiting Sara— a no-show to thelast minute — to file her presidential bid, Dela Rosa filed his COC) at the Sofitel Garden Tent in Pasay Friday (October 8), taking everyone by surprise.

Should it still be go for Sara’s presidential run by substitution?

There could be a hitch. Remember, Sara is chair of her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). Senator dela Rosa is PDP-Laban.

Political parties can substitute candidates until November 15. The person who will be fielded as a substitute, however, should be from the same party as the aspirant who will be replaced.

Ernesto Abella, a former spokesperson of Duterte,also filed his COC for president on October 8. Could Abella be another scapegoat for Sara? Maybe.

But Abella could not be substituted bySara.

He filed his COC as an independent candidate.

According to the rules of the Comelec, substitution is not allowed for independent bets.

Are we looking at Bato as the next President of the Philippines?

But wait.

There is a third angle to this brouhaha over whether Sara will run or not for president.

Sara has said she was not comfy about being in the company of PDP-Laban? Forget that.

The Comelec says that the person who will be fielded as a substitute should be from the same party as the aspirant who will be replaced? No Problem!

Sara, for the sake of the country, could take her oath anytime as PDP-Laban member and file her COC to substitute for Bato on or before November 15. Neat.

So, stop wailing, you Pinoys losing hope over their dream that the next leader of the Philippines should be a President Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. Madayaw Dabaw!