Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo reiterated his call for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run as president in the 2022 elections, saying she is the rightful successor of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Panelo made the remark after Duterte-Carpio rejected anew calls for her to seek the presidency.
During his online program, “Counterpoint,” Panelo added that Duterte-Carpio has the qualities to become the new Chief Executive.
He added that Duterte-Carpio has integrity, courage, compassion, experience and love of country.
“Mayor Inday, marahil ay hindi mo narinig ang aking paliwanag. ‘Yun hong aking idea hindi ho based on kinship. Kaya nga sinabi ko na may continuity, kasi sinasabi ko kailangan ang presidente na susunod may political will, merong tapang, may malasakit, walang self entitlement, nagpapatupad ng batas, ‘yun ho ang mga qualifications not on the basis of kinship,” Panelo said.
“Kasi kung meron mang anak si Presidente Duterte na nagkataon na nasa politika at wala naman sila nun eh, definitely hindi sya masasama dun sa idea ko. Kaya ‘yun ho ang reason kung bakit gusto ko si Mayor Sara,” Panelo added.
On the other hand, Panelo disagreed with the statement of Duterte-Carpio after the latter said that anybody can continue the gains of the Duterte administration similar to what his father did when he pursued the projects of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“Hindi anybody Mayor Sara, I beg to disagree. Not just anybody can continue the gains of a previous administration. Naku, oh eh pag ang pinaupo mo dyan eh mga kritikong mga dilawan na.. eh wala na, sira,” according to Panelo.
“Naupo ‘yung presidenteng magaling, pumalit ‘yung isang presidente sisirain ‘yung lahat nang magandang ginawa kasi nga kalaban sa politika because we have not reached that political maturity. Kaya kailangan talaga kung ano ‘yung paninidigan nung isang presidente na ginawa nya, dapat ‘yung papalit ganun din,” he added.
Panelo noted that despite rejecting calls for her to run, Duterte-Carpio continues to lead the different surveys on presidential polls.
“Nakita mo naman Mayor Sara, hindi ka naman nagdedeklara, ayaw mo nga eh, palagi mo nga sinasabi ayaw mo pero nakita mo naman ang mga survey, palaging ikaw ang nangunguna,” Panelo noted.