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)

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)

Roque hopes Sara accepts calls to join presidency race

Will not seek Senate seat if Sara not running for president

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday refused to give up on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s potential presidential run, as he still hoped for a miracle that the Davao City mayor would still file her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president on the last day of filing..

In a Laging Handa briefing, Roque said he continues to pray that Sara would listen to the public’s clamor for her to seek the presidency.

Nagdadasal pa rin po tayo na sana po matuloy na ang kandidatura ni Mayor Sara (We are still praying that Mayor Sara’s candidacy [for president] will push through,” Roque said.

Roque made the statement, as he maintained that he would only file his COC for senator, in the event that Sara decides to accept calls for her to join the presidential race.

“So, kung matututloy ang paghain na ‘yan, baka mamaya kinakailangan magpaalam na ngayon. Pero kung hindi matuloy yan, I’ll see you on Monday (So, if her filing [of COC for president] pushes through, perhaps, I have to bid farewell now. But if that does not happen, I’ll see you on Monday),” he said. Read More

DUTERTE, Roque still hoping Sara would seek presidency

President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, still have high hopes that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will consider the public’s clamor for her to join the 2022 presidential race.

“Pareho kami ni Presidente (The President and I have the same sentiment, and) that [is] we are hoping that Sara Duterte will still run for president,” Roque said in a virtual presser on Thursday.

Roque issued the statement, a day after Sara asked for public understanding as she rejected anew the calls for her to run for president next year.

In a Facebook post, Sara said it “pains” her not to heed her supporters’ call for her to gun for presidency but stressed that she is decided to finish her final term as mayor before seeking a higher post.

Roque, however, said he and Duterte hoped that Sara would make a “right decision” with regard to her final political plans in 2022.

“So, all we can say right now is we’re praying for Mayor Sara to make the right decision. But in seeking the guidance of God, be reminded that the voice of the people is the voice of God,” he said.

Duterte, Roque said, believes that Sara is the most qualified to be his successor.

“The President has, from the very beginning, believed that she is the most able candidate for president. And apparently, it’s not just I who agree with it, it’s also the rest of the Filipino people, if we are to believe surveys as reflective of the people’s sentiments,” Roque said.

According to Pulse Asia’s Sept. 6 to 11 poll, Sara remains the top pick among the preferred presidential candidates in the 2022 elections.

In his previous speeches, Duterte repeatedly said he does not want Sara to seek the presidency to spare her from the “vagaries of politics in the Philippines.”

Quizzed as to what changed Duterte’s mind to support his daughter’s possible presidential run, Roque said “nothing has changed” since Sara is the Chief Executive’s preferred presidential candidate “from the very start.”

“Bilang isang ama, ayaw naman niyang madanasan din ni Mayor Sara ‘yung kumbaga the worst face of politics, ‘yung mga intriga. Pero nakita naman po natin na sa simula’t mula po talaga, ako po talaga, sinabihan talaga ni Presidente na ang gusto niyang kandidato ay si Mayor Sara (As a father, he does not want Mayor Sara to experience the worst of politics, the intrigues. But from the very start, the President said his preferred presidential candidate is Mayor Sara),” Roque said.

ROQUE: Duterte serious about political retirement

‘Just wait and see’

Malacañang on Monday urged those who doubted the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to retire to wait until the deadline of filing certificates of candidacy (COC) and candidacy substitutions to find out whether or not he was serious in his declaration.

Political analysts earlier raised skepticism over Duterte’s pronouncement, noting that he may still change his mind as in 2015 when he joined the presidential race at the last minute.

Prior to the 2016 national elections, Duterte said he would not run for president but later substituted for Martin Diño as the standard-bearer of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“Kung talagang may nagdududa, antayin nalang natin ang Oct. 8 para malaman natin kung anong plano ni Presidente. Kung mayroon pa ring duda, antayin natin Nov. 15 kasi yun po ang deadline para sa substitution (If there are doubts let’s just wait for Oct. 8 to find out the President’s plans. If there are still doubts, let’s just wait until Nov. 15 because that is the deadline for substitutions),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Angeles City, Pampanga. Read More

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SWS: 60% of Pinoys believes Duterte for vice president is illegal

Palace: No violation of Constitution if Duterte runs for VP

The Palace asserted that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not violate any law, if he continues to run for the vice presidency in the 2022 elections.

Presidential Spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque Jr. listens to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on June 21, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ FILE

In public briefing on September 28, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated that the President will not violate any law if he pursues the vice presidency, following the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying that 60% of adult Filipinos believes Duterte’s plan to run for vice president “would violate the Constitution.”

“Sa tingin po ng Presidente at ng maraming mga abogado – kasama na po ako doon – wala pong lalabagin sa Saligang Batas kung siya’y tatakbo sa Bise Presidente ‘no,” Roque said.

Moreover, 39% believe he should run for the position, while 1% did not give an answer. The survey was conducted from June 23 to June 26, 2021.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized that Duterte values the voice of the masses and encouraged the public to wait for the latter’s final decision.

“Pero ang Presidente naman po ay nakikinig ‘no sa pulso ng taumbayan at antayin po natin ang pinal na desisyon,” he assured.

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