Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte could possibly be the next presidential child to win as president in 2022 especially with her well-heeled supporters.
In a briefing, Panelo said that Sara could well afford to bankroll the campaign of her regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), due to contributions from her political backers whom he did not identify.
“Tthere are many admirers of Inday Sara – admirers and supporters. In fact there is even a movement launching her to be the next president. Maraming bilib sa kanya eh. They see in her, the character of the father: magaling, matalino, matapang – mas matapang pa nga kay Presidente daw,” said Panelo.
“So, natural lamang sa mga kaibigan niya at sa kaibigan ng mga kaibigan niya na suportahan iyong mga causes niya, kasi hanga sila kay Mayor Inday Sara,” he added.
Panelo said Sara was so strict that she would not agree to using government funds for Hugpong.
“Naku si Mayor Sara pa napaka-istrikto niyan. You know what the people there is Davao City said when she was Mayor until now, mas istrikto pa iyan kay Mayor Digong, iyang si Mayor Sara lalo na sa mga expenses. I will not be surprised if she becomes President of this country after her father,” said Panelo.
“Kaya ko lang sinabi iyon, kasi naalala ko, merong (Diosdado) Macapagal, merong anak na naging Gloria Arroyo na Presidente; merong Cory Aquino na naging Presidente naman iyong anak na si PNoy, baka ‘kako meron namang Duterte at may Sara Duterte din, kaya ko lang nasabi iyon,” he added. On whether Sara is running in 2022, Panelo said only Sara could answer that question.