Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. (Inquirer video)

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said she will most likely join her father’s next foreign trips to ‘prevent’ the President from getting involved in another ‘lip-locking incident’.

Inday Sara’s statement also came following the verbal spat between actress Kris Aquino and Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson.

“Pagkadungog nako nga ing-ato napud iyang gibuhat sa Korea, nakahuna-huna na gyud ko nga magpadala og sulat dinha sa Office of the President sa Presidential Management Staff [When I heard that there was an incident in Korea, I thought of writing the Office of the Presidential Management Staff],” Inday Sara said in her speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Provincial Capitol Complex of Davao Occidental.

“Can you please, please lang send me an invitation every time nga naa moy ing-ana nga mga events so as to make sure nga dili mag-away si Kris Aquino ug si Mocha Uson tungod kay PRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) [Can you please, please send me an invitation everytime you have events to make sure that Kris Aquino and Mocha Uson will not fight over PRD again],” she added.

Inday Sara said she will join the President’s trip using her own money to make sure she is present during the event.

“Sa sunod, mogasto na ko’g akong kaugalingon nakong kwarta arong lang mapanigurado nga wala napuy mahalokan dinha [Next time, I will join the President’s trips and will spend my own money — just to make sure that the kissing incident will not happen again],” she said.

Fundamental power

Political analyst Ramon Casiple, meanwhile, sees nothing wrong with Mr. Duterte reappointing government personalities whom he had fired in the past.

On Friday, Casiple said that “it is a fundamental part of the executive powers that you appoint or you retain or you kick out people you yourself recruited.”

Casiple issued the statement in reaction to the appointment of Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña as undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, and Manuel Serra Jr. as a member of the board of the Philippine Coconut Authority.

“It’s not unique to President Duterte. Everybody has done it, and really the issue there is the trust question,” said Casiple, who added the reappointment cannot be considered “recycling.”

La Viña took over the position vacated by Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat when she was appointed to head the Department of Tourism. Serra, on the other hand, was a commissioner of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor.

“If the President says that he doesn’t believe that there is really an anomaly, then you have to take his word for it,” said Casiple who brushed aside accusations the President was practicing double standard.

“It’s his prerogative. The real issue there is does the President trust the person? It remains for critics or whoever [they are who] accused these people to prove otherwise,” said Casiple.

“Because if the President has renewed his trust [on them] then he can legally appoint these people, unless there are charges against them.”

Casiple added Mr. Duterte had fired a lot of other people who had not been reappointed. He conceded though that transparency will play a key role in shaping public perception on the President’s appointment of government officials.

“I think the transparency rule here applies. Meaning, if you kick them out, you should tell the public why, and when you reappoint these people, you also tell the public why,” said Casiple. undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, and Manuel Serra Jr. as a member of the board of the Philippine Coconut Authority.

“It’s not unique to President Duterte. Everybody has done it, and really the issue there is the trust question,” said Casiple, who added the reappointment cannot be considered “recycling.”

La Viña took over the position vacated by Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat when she was appointed to head the Department of Tourism. Serra, on the other hand, was a commissioner of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor.

“If the President says that he doesn’t believe that there is really an anomaly, then you have to take his word for it,” said Casiple who brushed aside accusations the President was practicing double standard.

“It’s his prerogative. The real issue there is does the President trust the person? It remains for critics or whoever [they are who] accused these people to prove otherwise,” said Casiple.

“Because if the President has renewed his trust [on them] then he can legally appoint these people, unless there are charges against them.”

Casiple added Mr. Duterte had fired a lot of other people who had not been reappointed. He conceded though that transparency will play a key role in shaping public perception on the President’s appointment of government officials.

“I think the transparency rule here applies. Meaning, if you kick them out, you should tell the public why, and when you reappoint these people, you also tell the public why,” said Casiple.