Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte slammed the peace offering of reelected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez who recently stated that he wants to reconcile with the presidential daughter.
In a released statement, Mayor Duterte said that she has no intention in accepting Alvarez’s offer of reconciliation “because the offer was deceiving and utterly lacked sincerity.”
“Unknown to him, he was surreptitiously videotaped when he threatened, after his win in the recent elections in Davao del Norte, “Ipapahiya ko si Sara.” Alvarez was and he remains to be a very dangerous, machiavellian individual who does not deserve peace,” Mayor Duterte said.
In the same statement, the city mayor also belied claims made by Rep. Prospero Pichay “that I “recommended” Rep. Martin Romualdez as Speaker of the House.”
“If I did raise his hand during the HNP rally in Tacloban, I did so because he, just like Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, is supportive of the reform agenda of President Duterte,” she said.
On Cong-elect Alan Peter Cayetano’s statement that he did not seek for Sara’s endorsement, the mayor revealed that when Cayetano came to Davao to talk to her sometime last year, “he however, came with a veiled threat, that if I endorse Rep. Velasco for Speaker, I would break up the group.”
“And this, he said, will affect the presidential elections of 2022,” said Mayor Duterte.
On question on the interest of Cong-elect Paolo Duterte to vye for Speaker of the HOR, the presidential daughter said that this “should best be addressed by our father because he is the President and our patriarch.”
“In sum, I am only the Mayor of Davao City. I am not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next speaker. I only have a personal bet but do not intend to influence Congress. It is best if the newly elected members of the House of Representatives individually decide who among those who are interested to become the next Speaker can truly bring good governance and positive change to congress, to the Filipino people, and to our country,” Duterte ended.