THE chairman of the House committee on ways and means and Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda on Thursday predicted that Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte will run for the 2022 presidential polls.
Based on their exchanges, Salceda said he has no doubt in mind that the presidential daughter will join the presidential race.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that based on our exchange and chats that she will definitely run in 2022. Nagpaalam ako sa kanya kasi ang dami na, simula two weeks ago, kinukulit na po talaga ako (kung tatakbo siya) at tumatanggi ako, sabi ko baka dapat ikaw na. Sabi niya, ‘ikaw na muna because you might be defending somebody who is not a candidate,” Salceda said.
Duterte has remained mum on the possibility of joining next year’s presidential race.
Salceda added that Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is working on building alliances with various political parties to solidify her possible presidential bid.
Last May 22, Salceda said in a press statement that “in our exchange of texts with Mayor Inday Sara, she left no doubt that she has crossed the Rubicon, it is 100% certain that she is running in 2022.”
“She did not have to agonize over it because she knows she is capable. She is both tough and right. If ever she needs help, she can count on my friendship and loyal advice,” Salceda said.