Switch Game: Will Mayor Sara change her mind? ‘I doubt it’ says brother Baste

Published October 3, 2021, 2:45 PM

by Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the vice mayoralty of Davao City in the 2022 elections on Sunday, October 3.

The current City vice mayor then faced mediamen and answered queries about her sister and incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on the possibility of her still gunning for the presidency.

Despite filing her COC Saturday as a reelectionist candidate, supporters of Duterte-Carpio remain hopeful the presidential daughter would change her mind and take a stab at being her father President Rodrigo Duterte’s successor.

Davao City Vice Mayor Baste Duterte faces the media moments after he filed his Certificate Of Candidacy Sunday, October 3 at the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office. (Screenshot from video/Manila Bulletin)

If you want to continue what you are doing, it’s up to them. Maybe something miraculous will happen but I doubt it,” said Baste.

A video that went viral on Facebook showed President Duterte answering a question presumably after he accompanied Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in filing his COC for the position of vice president on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2. The short video was posted by a certain JP Mortel Fagura.

“So klaro po ito, Sara-Go? (So it’s clear, Sara-Go?)” a person was heard asking Duterte, who was surrounded by members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

“Sara-Go na (It’s Sara-Go),” the Chief Executive answered. Since Go is vying for vice president, it follows that he’s insinuating that his daughter would be running for president on May 9, 2022.

“Kailan po filing ni Mayor Sara? (When will Mayor Sara file?)” Duterte was asked again, but the video ended before his full answered could be heard.

“I really do not…” he said.

Election hopefuls may still be substituted up to November 15, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Meantime, Baste arrived at Commission on Elections (Comelec) 11 office on Ramon Magsaysay Avenue on Sunday morning to personally file his COC.

Baste also filed the COC of his brother, First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, as re-electionist for the same position he has now.

The young congressman is currently under isolation and is recovering after testing for COVID-19.