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Magnanimous Sara offers unifying hand

I will humbly seek conciliation with the other contenders and their supporters. I will be modest in victory. We are Sara All



Photo : Mayor Inday Sara Duterte | Facebook

DAVAO CITY — Presumptive Vice President Duterte-Carpio has initiated a conciliatory gesture and extended her hand of unity to those in the other political fences as she needed full support from all sectors in implementing her programs.

Tayo na po ang magpakumbaba. Tayo na po ang mauna na lumapit sa mga naka-tunggali natin na supporters ng mga natalong kandidato. Tayo na po ang magpakumbaba dahil tayo ang panalo. Tayo angSana all,’ tayo ang ‘Sara All’ (I will humbly seek conciliation with the other contenders and their supporters. I will be modest in victory. We are ‘Sara All’),” she said in a statement posted by her regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Duterte-Carpio, in her thanksgiving address, also vowed to do away with the campaign colors that she said had divided Filipinos into bitter sides. By removing the color tags, she said she hoped to achieve a “colorless” Philippines.

Noong kampanya sinabi ko na pagkatapos ng eleksyon ay kailangan nating kalimutan ang mga kulay na naging palatandaan ng ating pulitika. Ang mga kulay na ito ay naging mukha ng mainit na away ng mga supporters (During the campaigns, I mentioned that after election day, we should cast away the color culture which divided many Filipinos),” she added.

“We have to be magnanimous because we are only 31.5 million (who voted for her). We need them so we would become 100 percent as one nation,” she said.

“And because the campaign and the elections have passed, we have to forget the colors that divided us. Let us stop all politicking,” she said.

She added those who prevailed in the elections should make sure that all Filipinos, whether they are supporters or not, be given adequate and proper services.

Inday surprises town fiesta

In San Isidro, Northern Samar, Duterte-Carpio also made her first public appearance after the 9 May elections in a town fiesta.

She met with hundreds of supporters from the different groups who campaigned for her vice-presidential run in a program at the Tan Tin Bing Memorial Colleges Foundation.

Both Duterte-Carpio and presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won overwhelmingly in this town despite the provincial government’s endorsement of the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis Pangilinan.

Town Mayor Ferdinand Avila said Sara dropped by the town during her “Mahalin Ang Pilipinas Ride,” a motorcycle caravan from Mindanao to Luzon.

Avila said during the visit, she promised to come back whether she wins or loses the election.

Avila said he will bring to the attention of Sara the lack of classrooms especially in the interior towns. Duterte-Carpio was earlier named by Marcos Jr. as Department of Education (DepEd) head.

Good Davao track record

Duterte-Carpio’s camp also defended her from unfair criticisms amid questions on her qualifications to effectively lead theDepEd.

Duterte-Carpio’s spokesperson and Liloan, Cebu mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco averred Sara has a sufficient track record with her “vast executive experience and keen knowledge of the challenges faced by schools, students and parents, having been chairperson of the Local School Board for many years.”

She made the statement in response to the remarks of Senator Risa Hontiveros, an opposition lawmaker, that an education expert should instead lead DepEd.

Hontiveros admitted, though, that she is not aware of Duterte-Carpio’s track record in education.

“Beyond theoretical ideas of managing the education sector, which seems to be the extent of Senator Hontiveros’ preferred qualifications for DepEd Secretary, VP-elect Sara will certainly bring to DepEd actual performance and solution-oriented leadership necessary to uplift the quality of education in our country,” Frasco said.

Frasco added that it is presumptive president Marcos Jr.’s prerogative to decide on who to appoint to lead the government agencies.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones welcomed Duterte-Carpio’s nomination, expressing the agency’s readiness to work with Sara’s transition team.

Marcos Jr. said he is confident that Duterte-Carpio can perform best as the DepEd secretary as she is a “mother” who wanted her “children to be well-trained and well-educated.”

In a television interview, Marcos Jr.’s spokesperson, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, said Duterte-Carpio’s “biggest qualification” for the post is that aside from that she’s a lawyer, the presidential daughter “has the confidence of the 31 million Filipinos.”


Michelle Guillang, Elmer Recuerdo