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9 of 17 Metro Manila mayors back Sara’s VP bid

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Nine of the 17 mayors in Metro Manila expressed their support in boosting the vice-presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the President’s daughter revealed on Thursday.

“In general, they stated that they will help my campaign in their cities,” Duterte-Carpio said in an ambush interview during her campaign rally in Bacoor City, Cavite.

In a social media post on Thursday, Duterte-Carpio thanked them for their support.

“Thank you very much for your support and friendship,” Duterte-Carpio wrote in a social media post along with a photo of her with the local chief executives.

Duterte-Carpio’s office disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter had a lunch meeting with the mayors at the Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites in Pasig City on Wednesday, 8 December.

It added that the meeting was a “simple meet-and-greet event.”

Present during the meeting were Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Navotas Mayor Toby Tianco, and Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto, Mandaluyong City Menchie Abalos, and Makati City Mayor Abby Binay joined the gathering as well.

The meeting was also attended by Las Piñas Vice Mayor April Aguilar, Pasig City Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo, and former Mandaluyong Mayor and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos.

Meanwhile, Mayors Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, Vico Sotto of Pasig, Miguel “Ike” Ponce of Pateros, Lino Cayetano of Taguig, Imelda Aguilar of Las Piñas, and Jaime Fresnedi of Muntinlupa did not join the gathering. Manila mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno did not attend the affair.

Fresnedi was the first Metro Manila mayor to endorse a presidential candidate in the 2022 elections. He has thrown his support behind the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

Belmonte and Sotto have endorsed the vice presidential bid of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, while Moreno is running for president alongside doctor Willie Ong.

On the same day of the meeting, Duterte-Carpio and her running mate, presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., led thousands of supporters in their first “grand caravan” along the major streets of Quezon City.

[Related story: Thousands join Marcos, Duterte-Carpio caravan in Quezon City] 

The motorcade had caused a massive traffic build-up along all eight lanes of the northbound (Barangay Commonwealth) and southbound (Barangay Commonwealth to Philcoa) stretches.

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez — chief of staff and spokesperson of Marcos — apologized for the heavy traffic the event had caused while the Quezon city government expressed dismay that the caravan’s organizers did not follow what they have agreed upon during their meeting last Monday.

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