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Sara prefers Davao to Senate plunge

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Despite getting a 39.5 percent preference in the recent Pulse Asia pre-poll survey which was good for fifth position, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will choose a new term in his hometown over a Senate seat.

“I am overwhelmed by the trust and confidence. I think our fellow Filipinos are interested in the work that my administration, both now and in 2010, has done in Davao City. If the Dabawenyos will re-elect me, I would like to continue working for Davao City as mayor.

If the Dabawenyos will re-elect me, I would like to continue working for Davao City as mayor.

Thank you,” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

Duterte-Carpio was also the only new comer in the top rung of the survey dominated by incumbent and former senators.

In past surveys, Sara also landed in the top 10.

In a survey conducted 31 August among 184 members of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP), Sara tied with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in second place.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III topped the senatorial slate in the said survey.

Sara, along with Governors Anthony del Rosario of Davao del Norte, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Claude Bautista of Davao Occidental and Jayvee Tyron Uy of Compostela Valley lead the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, a regional party created to push the region’s development as one Davao.

Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod has already forged an alliance with other local parties in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Except for opposition Liberal Party (LP) Sen. Bam Aquino, all incumbent senators seeking reelection in next year’s mid-term polls have landed in the magic 12 in the survey. Voters will choose 12 senators in the mid-term elections.

PDP slate ready soon

PDP president Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said the ruling party will soon announce its senatorial slate after meeting with President Duterte, who is also chairman of PDP.

“It won’t take long…we have deadline before the filing of the certificates of candidacy…right now we are busy meeting up to the local level,” said Pimentel, who is expected to banner the PDP senatorial slate.

Except for Liberal Party Sen. Bam Aquino, all incumbent senators seeking reelection in next year’s mid-term polls have landed in the magic 12.

Asked if he already talked with the President, Pimentel replied “soon.”

So far, Pimentel said nine “potential” senatorial candidates are on the PDP list, including himself, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, Rep. Karlo Nograles, Rep. Dakila Cua, Rep. Monsour del Rosario, Rep. Dong Mangudadatu and Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald de la Rosa.

Up to now, Pimentel said that they are still considered as “potential” candidates despite airing their interest to seek elective posts next year.

DU30 agenda a factor

He said he had talked personally to the six, except to Go and they all expressed interest in running under PDP.

Others being considered are reelectionist-senators who have supported Mr. Duterte’s legislative agenda during Pimentel’s tenure as Senate President.

Pimentel said that all those who will be included in the PDP slate must be supportive of Federalism.

This is a reflection what is happening in our homes where the women are the leaders.

“They should really be supporters of Federalism,” Pimentel said.

De la Rosa was among the new members of PDP. He took his oath two weeks ago with actor Philip Salvador and Office Of the Civil Defense deputy administrator Nicanor Faeldon.

Pimentel cited De la Rosa’s “charisma” as a huge factor in his chances in next year’s mid-term elections.

“He is like a rock star,” Pimentel said of De la Rosa.

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