President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio “operated” the ouster of former House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarezmore than three months ago.
Be careful with that woman. She can oust even a Speaker. Look what happened in Congress. Alvarez was ousted, Duterte said in his speech during Thursday’s 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) Concluding Ceremony at the Manila Hotel.
Duterte, however, clarified that he had nothing to do with Alvarez’s ouster despite the former Speaker’s statements last year that he can impeach the President.
“ I can also impeach him,” said Duterte who dismissed the impeachment threat. But Duterte also warned against making light of any impeachment moves.
You banter around but be warned about my children, Especially Sara. You watch out, he added.
As the then city mayor in 2011, Mayor Duterte-Carpio hogged headlines when she mauled a court sheriff for not heeding her plea to stay implementation of a demolition order on more than 200 urban poor dwellings in a private lot in Agdao District. She praised for the violent act, which was captured on video and aired on nationwide television, by urban poor groups, but the mayor, a lawyer, also earned a disbarment rap in the Supreme Court.
Alvarez was replaced in a coup on July 23 before Duterte delivered his State Of The Nation Address (SONA). Alvarez was replaced by former president and Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Days before Alvarez’s ouster, Mayor Duterte-Carpio called the then sitting Speaker as an “asshole” and a liability to the Duterte administration, after Alvarez described the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) as an “opposition party” without the blessing of the President.
The HNP is a regional political party organized by the presidential daughter along with the governors of the Davao Region in support of the programs of President Duterte.
Stung by Alvarez’s comment, Mayor Duterte-Carpio urged members of the House to replace him as Speaker.
She also vowed to campaign against the re-election of Alvarez in Davao del Norte’s First District in the 2019 mid-term election. In the coming polls, Alvarez’s return to Congress will be challenged by Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario who is running under the banner of the HNP.
Despite her impressive standing in the senatorial surveys, the Davao City mayor has decided to seek another term as mayor in the 2019 mid-term elections.
Her youngest brother Sebastian Duterte will be her vice mayor candidate while former vice mayor Paolo Duterte will run for congressman of Davao City’s 1st District.
The President said he does not like political dynasties but “we are forced” because the people of Davao voted for them.
An anti-political dynasty provision of “up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity” has been included in the proposed federal Constitution drafted by the Consultative Committee tasked by Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution.
Duterte, the country’s first president from Mindanao, will serve until 2022.