PPP presidential aspirant offered his slot for Davao Mayor Sara Duterte.
Former Tourism Secretary and Cebu gubernatorial candidate Ace Durano recently disclosed this move by PPP Chairman Leonardo Fernandez.
Durano, the regional president of PPP – Central Visayas, shared that Fernadez filed his certificate of candidacy for president so that Mayor Sara will have the option for substitution should the latter decided to run for the country’s highest government position.
The filing of certificates of candidacy at the Sofitel tent in Pasay City ended last October 8, but changes remained possible as the deadline for substitution was on November 15 yet.
“During the convention, the PPP nominated Inday Sara-Duterte as the party’s candidate for president. Now the chairman of PPP, Mr. Leo Fernandez filed COC for President to give an opportunity to Mayor Inday for substitution if she decides to run for president,” Durano said.
Durano also said that the group has not decided yet who to support among the presidential candidates as they’re still awaiting the decision of Mayor Sara.
Moreover, Durano said that in the event that Mayor Sara will not run for president in the 2022 elections, the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago will hold another national convention to choose a presidential candidate that they’ll endorse for the 2022 polls.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has discounted the possibility of Mayor Sara joining the presidential race in the upcoming polls.
“Inday is definitely out, as she has said earlier, (in) the oft-repeated statements in so many interviews,” President Duterte told reporters of the SMNI News Channel.