TAWI-TAWI Gov. Yshmael “Mang” Sali on Thursday said the country needs a leader like Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte who naturally “shares” and “cares” for Filipinos especially during this pandemic.
“Her sharing and caring nature are needed by the people who have suffered especially during the pandemic,” Sali said.
Sali, who has been a staunch supporter of Duterte long before she filed for vice presidency, also shares a deep connection with her in public service.
In September 2019, the province declared the Davao City mayor as its adopted daughter because of her “affection and concern” for Tawi-Tawi.
“She is an adopted daughter of Tawi-Tawi, and has shown her affection and concern for Tawi-Tawi way before this 2022 election,” Sali said.
The governor even recalled Duterte’s efforts in ensuring quality public service is delivered and that the people are able to benefit from government programs.
“She helped us with the establishment of the Malasakit Center. She even facilitated the transfer to the province ambulance and police motorcycles, which were originally donated to Davao City,” Sali added.
On March 16, Sali led the province’s leaders in meeting with Duterte as they pledged support for her candidacy.
“We expect her to share her experience and expertise as city mayor of Davao to the whole country,” Sali said during a private meeting with Duterte on March 16.
Nine of the province’s 11 mayors also attended the meeting.
In February, the Tawi-Tawi One Party (TOP) chaired by Governor Sali passed a resolution adopting Duterte as their Vice Presidential candidate in the May 9 elections.
Mayor Jimuel Que of the capital town Bongao said Duterte’s exemplary accomplishments and track record in Davao City make her the most qualified candidate to the post.
“Para sa akin yung strong leadership at decision-making niya. Nakikita yung pagiging matapang and strong na pag-lead niya sa taumbayan ng Davao,” Que said.
Running unopposed, Que assured that Tawi-Tawi will go all-out for Duterte.
“Full support yung buong Tawi-Tawi kay Mayor Sara and I am sure mananalo tayo,” he said.
Duterte thanked the provincial and town leaders supporting her cause.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa oportunidad na ibinigay ninyo sa akin. Lagi po namin ikinakampanya na magkaisa. Nagkasundo po kaming dalawa (ni former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.) na magtulungan para sa bansa as president at vice president,” Duterte said.