SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has been declared as an “adopted daughter” of Laguna – something that the presidential daughter described as an “honor”.
Duterte learned of this development during her campaign swing in Laguna on Thursday.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa provincial government ng Laguna sa kanila pong pag-declare of me as an ‘adopted daughter’ of Laguna and it’s an honor,” said one half of the frontrunning UniTeam tandem during an ambush interview with reporters.
Laguna Vice Gov. Karen Agapay, in a separate chance interview, gave more details about Mayor Duterte’s declaration as the province’s adopted daughter.
“Ito po ‘yung resolution na pinagkaisahan po ng lalawigan ng Laguna sa pangunguna ng aming mahal na Gobernador [Ramil] Hernandez at isa pong resolution ng pagkilala sa ating minamahal na Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio bilang adopted daughter of Laguna,” Agapay said, referring to Resolution No.321, S. 2022.
“Nasasalamin po kasi sa kanya ang katalinuhan at siyempre sigasig ng ating pambansang bayani Dr. Jose Rizal and of course, ang pagiging mahinhin at mapagkalinga gaya ni Maria Makiling,” she added.
Agapay said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan tackled and passed the resolution during its session last March 16.
“Ngayong Marso po na March 16 po ito po yung pinaka-eksaktong petsa sa session po ng sangguniang panlalawigan,” she said.
Asked if the move of the Provincial Council signified Laguna’s support for her vice-presidential bid, Agapay answered: “Yes po.”
Duterte is the running mate of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.