Sara asks ‘protection’ for BBM, explains VP bid decision in Tagum caravan

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urged her supporters in Tagum City, Davao del Norte to “protect” her running mate presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The vice presidential aspirant did not clarify why “protection” is necessary and from whom to protect Marcos. Her father President Rodrigo Duterte has been very vocal in his disapproval of Marcos and even described him as a “weak leader”.

Speaking before the supporters during the BBM-Sara tandem’s first caravan in Davao del Norte on November 21, 2021, Mayor Sara enjoined their supporters not to stop protecting and make sure to vote and protect their votes this coming May 9, 2022, for them to see a Marcos-Duterte next year.

“Unsay mabuhat ninyo, kitang tanan? Unsay mabuhat nato sa atoang suporta para mapanigurado nato nga makita nato, dili man lang mo suporta lang ta tapos walay mahitabo sa atong damgo. Mosuporta lang ta wala tay makita nga konkreto sa atong pagsuporta. Unsay mabuhat natong tanan? Kinahanglan una, paniguraduhon nato nga maprotektahan nato ang atoang pagsuporta. Protektahan nato ang atoang kandidato. Protektahan nato si BBM,” the mayor said.

Mayor Sara also explained why she chose Marcos as her running mate. She believed that Marcos’ experience as governor, Congressman, and Senator will help him to do the job as President of the Philippines.

“Nganong si Bongbong Marcos ang akoang gipili na kapares? Unang-una, he’s a former governor. Walay makiglalis sa iyang experience as governor, murag ako –mayor, local chief executive. Ikaduha duna sya’y experience sa House of Representatives. Nahimo siyang Congressman. Ikatulo, nahimo siyang Senador, gipili ninyo, giboto Ninyo,” the mayor said.

The mayor also explained why she ran for Vice President even though other supporters, especially in Davao City, were not satisfied with her decision.

“Daghan sa inyoha especially dinhi sa Davao Region noh ang wala nalipay sa akong desisyon nga dili modagan ug president. Duna ko’y mga rason, dili na nato na esturyahan karon. Pagkahuman sa deadline October 8, ang mga tao wala gihapon nihunong ug panawagan. Naguol nako kay dunay nihilak atong October 8, di nako gusto nga duna pa’y mohilak pag-abot sa November 15. Pag-offer sa akoa nga modagan ug Vice President, didto nako nakita nga pwede nako tubagon ang mga tao sa ilang panawagan nga dinha ko sa taas, dinha ko sa national motrabaho para kaninyong tanan,” she said.

Mayor Sara ended her speech by leaving a message for her supporters, especially those who still call her President.

“Katapusan, ibilin nako sa inyoha ang mensahe sa mga nagtawag gihapon sa akoa ug President, ang akoang gidaganan Vice President. Ngano man? Because oftentimes in life, we find ourselves to be a leader. Kita ang manguna. Pero sometimes, in our lives, we need to stand behind another leader,” she said.

The caravan, which was participated by supporters donned in red shirts, was the team’s first public appearance in Davao del Norte and cemented the alliance between Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) and the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).

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