By Mario Casayuran
If the next leader of our country will emerge from the young, fresh and new faces in national politics, my top choice right now is the presidential daughter and Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
‘’She is strong-willed, stern, vibrant, progressive-minded, and has obviously good leadership qualities,’’ Sen. Panfilo M.Lacson, a member of the Senate majority bloc, said Thursday.
Appearing as a guest at the regular press forum, ‘’Kapihan sa Senado,’’ Lacson stressed that there are other emerging youth leaders in the country today.
‘’Right here in the Senate for example, a number of our young hardworking colleagues are showing good leadership potentials but at this time and this is my personal opinion, based on whatever political sense I have accumulated after my long years in government service, Mayor Sara stands out and is right in front of the pack.’’ Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said.
Mayor Sara Duterte, who had formed a regional political party, was reported the force behind the ouster of Davao Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House of Representatives Speaker and the election of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as his replacement.
Lacson digressed during his Senate press conference by saying that ‘’only because of what the Filipinos have experienced in the past administrations involving presidential relatives, we should reject any interference and influence-peddling by somebody outside the official chain of the government bureaucracy, but who projects closeness to the president due to kinship.’’
‘’It doesn’t matter if it’s an Imelda Marcos, or a Peping Cojuangco, or a Mike Arroyo, or any presidential relative. It is not about them. It is about undue intrusion in some major state affairs in which they have no business interfering,’’ he said.