Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he has no axe to grind against First District Representative Karlo Nograles but adds his relations with the young solon’s father, former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, remains in troubled waters.
A recent photo of Duterte and Rep. Nograles in a friendly pose in chance encounter in a resto in Davao City has landed on Faceboook, sparking speculations all is well in the political front between the Nograleses and Duterte.
I have nothing against Karlo. Only against the father, said Duterte commenting on the Facebook photo in his Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on on ABS/CBN-Southern Mindanao on Sunday, December 14.
The elder Nograles has been the perennial challenger on Duterte’s hold of city politics, but lost thrice in as many mayoral races in his bid to capture City Hall.
Nograles first lost in 1992 against Duterte and suffered his second debacle against Duterte-backed Benjamin de Guzman in the 1998 election.
His third defeat was in the hands of Duterte daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio in 2010.
On the other hand, Rep. Karlo Nograles is now gunning for his second reelection in 2016, defeating Duterte-backed candidates councilor Mabel Acosta in 2010 and former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan in 2013.
Duterte’s party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod was expected to field in the 2016 election a candidate against Rep. Karlo Nograles in a third attempt to wrest control of the First District, a Nograles bailiwick.
Having no conflict with him, Duterte said Rep. Karlo deserves respect as a congressman.
He also said there is blood relations between him and the young solon, whose mother is Elizabeth Bendigo Nograles.
Duterte said the Bendigos and the Dutertes, who trace their roots to Danao City in Cebu, are blood relatives.