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For now, Sara says “no” to running for President

February 22, 2021 - Monday 8:02 PM by Jose Ronald F. Siongco

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Amid popular clamor from various sectors nationwide urging her to run for President in the 2022 national elections, Presidential Daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte once more politely declined the ‘Run, Sara, Run’ calls.

“Sa pagkakaron, no. There is no chance na mabag-o ang akong huna-huna,” she said during her radio program Special Hours with Mayor Inday streamed live via Davao City Disaster Radio’s Facebook Page and broadcasted thru DXQQ 87.5 FM on Monday.

“Unsa ang akong mga rason? I do not want to enumerate the reasons, dili lang man siya isa, daghan siya, because mu-taas na ang istorya and basig maka-offend and naay ma-hurt na mga tao,” she stressed.

Like her previous statements, Sara is thanking everyone for their trust and confidence in her.

“Nagapasalamat ko sa ilahang trust and confidence sa akua. And nagapasalamat ko sa ilahang suporta sa akua,” she said.

Sara also appealed to local barangay officials, who recently convened for the ‘Run, Sara, Run’ campaign, to refrain from holding mass gatherings to avoid COVID-19 transmission and “stop” organizing motorcades.

“Nagpasulti naku sa isa sa ilaha not to conduct gatherings because we are in a pandemic and there is a risk that there will be transmission kung dunay activity or gathering sa mga tao and to stop that motorcade nila,” she bared.

She emphasized, “every centavo, every peso counts. So kanang gasolina nga ilahang gigamit dinha sa ilahang motorcade is gasolina na pwede nila i-save and gamitun sa lain nilang mga kinahanglan na trabahuun ug adtuhun.”

Motorcades also contribute to air pollution and global warming, she pointed out.

Last week, ‘Run, Sara, Run’ tarpaulins sprouted in different areas in Metro Manila, Davao City and other parts of the country.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) didn’t find anything wrong with it. 

“Those tarpaulins do seek to promote the electoral win of Mayor (Sara) Duterte, but she herself isn’t a candidate yet. This means that although many would consider it a form of campaigning, it would actually fall short of the legal definition of campaigning, let along premature campaigning,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.