Sara wants Velasco to run for senator in 2022

Published March 23, 2019, 4:27 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Ben Rosario 

DANAO CITY – Endorsed to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco received another recommendation from Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (HNP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
(HNP / MANILA BULLETIN)

This time, the presidential daughter declared that Velasco can become one of the administration’s candidates for senator in 2022.

Speaking in Cebuano, Duterte told large crowds that attended the Liloan and the Danao City campaign sorties on Friday that she had endorsed Velasco, a staunch supporter of her father’s administration, to become the leader of the House of Representatives in the incoming 18th Congress.

The HNP founder went on to say that Velasco can be one of the outstanding lawmakers to become a Senate member if he will consider running for senator in 2022.

Duterte’s statement has triggered political views that Velasco has earned the trust and confidence of the city mayor, known for having engineered the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as speaker and his replacement by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

It also raised speculations that Duterte, inspired by the strong showing of HNP Senate bets, is now assembling candidates for senator who will join her in pursuing the presidency in 2022.

But she doused cold water to these speculations, telling reporters here that she has not yet made any plans for 2022.

“Hindi ngayon ang tamang panahon para mag-desisyon ng ganyan. Sobrang layo pa ng 2022. Marami pang maaaring mangyari (Now is not the time to decide. 2022 is too far. Many things may still happen),” she said.

 
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