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Hours after resigning from her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday joined the Lakas Christian-Muslim-Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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 Sara, a potential candidate for the presidency in the 2022 election, has taken her oath as a member of the (Lakas-CMD party, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, president of the party, said in a statement.

“We had long been inviting Mayor Inday to join our party as we are all impressed with her sterling qualities as a leader and we saw up close her exemplary work ethics as chief executive of Davao City,” said Romualdez, who presided over the oath-taking ceremony in Cavite province on Thursday night

Lakas-CMD party chairman Senator Bong Revilla, was among witnesses of the oath-taking at the Revilla Farm in Silang, Cavite.

Lakas-CMD chaired by Arroyo, has produced two Philippine presidents: Fidel V. Ramos and Arroyo.

Sara and Arroyo played power brokers in 2018 when they locked hands in the ouster of then House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the installment of then Rep.Arroyo as Speaker.

If Sara decides to run in 2022, she could replace a candidate of the Lakas-CMD who has already filed at Comelec a Certificate of Candidacy (COC) on or before November 15, the deadline for substitution of candidates.

The Lakas-CMD has fielded its executive director Anna Capela Velasco and member Lyle Fernando Uy as presidential and vice presidential candidates.


Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Secretary General Anthony del Rosario confirmed in a text message to SunStar Davao that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has resigned from the party.

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Read his full statement below:

At 9:30am today, 11 November 2021, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte tendered her resignation from Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). In her letter to the officers and members of HNP, she states that, “It is with profound sadness that I hereby tender my resignation from our beloved party. My support will always be with you and I will always be grateful for all the things you have taught me.” While we are saddened by her resignation, we however wish her all the best in her future plans. Godspeed po Mayor Sara. In our hearts, you will always be our Chairperson. We love you po.

Anthony G. Del RosarioSecretary GeneralHugpong ng Pagbabago

Sara supporters to push grand caravan on Nov. 13-15

DAVAO CITY – The local convenors of the “Run, Sara, Run” here will hold a grand caravan in Pasay City from Nov. 13 to 15 to continue urging Mayor Sara Z. Duterte to run for president in the 2022 polls.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Barangay Cabantian chairperson Mark Galvez, one of the campaign organizers, said they will leave the city on Nov. 9 and convene at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City until Nov. 15, the deadline for the substitution of candidates.

“All members of Mayor Sara parallel-group all over the country will show support to her as we are hopeful that she will arrive in Sofitel and file for the presidency. We will wait for her,” he said.

Inday Sara to supporters: Cancel caravan

 November 3, 2021, 12:52 pm

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has appealed on Tuesday night to her supporters to cancel their planned Cotabato to Manila caravan from November 4 to 15.“I am respectfully appealing to the organizers of Sara All Philippines 2022 to forego the planned Cotabato to Manila caravan from… Read More

THE DURIAN BEAT: Sara can still run for President, without substituting for Bato

Sara for President in 2022 still alive


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte can still run for President in the 2022 elections through substitution, even if she cannot substitute for Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa or Ernie Abella, who have filed their Cetificates of Candidacy (COC) for president seen as in preparation for Sara’s presidency by substitution.

Sara has dumped a presidential run and has already filed a reelection bid. But speculations are rife she would withdraw her mayoral bid and switch to a crack at the presidency and file her COC before November15, the deadline for filing by substitution candidates.

But who will Sara replace as a presidential candidate?


She cannot replace Bato, a close ally of her father President Rodrigo Duterte, who belongs to the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), who filed his COC under that party. Also note that Sara has said that she and the regional party she founded, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, are not comfortable with the PDP-Laban, that is chaired by President Duterte.

Sara also cannot be a subsitute for Abella, a former Duterte spokesman, because he filed his COC as an independent candidate.

The Omnibus Election Code says a candidate can only be subsituted by another who belongs to the same party, which rules out Bato. An independent candidate, like Abella, can not also be substituted under the rules of the election code.

So, quo vadis Sara, if she wants to answer the call of Pinoys to be the country’s next President if she cannot file as a subsitution for Bato and Abella?

There is a knight in shining armor and a party she can hold on to in this predicament: Leonardo Fernandez, who has filed his COC for President, and the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP), the national party that he leads. If Sara is looking for somebody to substitute, it is Fernandez. The election code does not bar any politicians from joininganyparty. The party would welcome her with open arms because it has in fact prepared the Fernandez presidential bid for the eventuality of a subsitution secenario for the 2022 polls for Sara.

What now? Sara becomes a member of PPP, gets a Certification of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA), go to Comelec anytime during the substitution period that ends on November 15, file a new COC and CONA as substitute for Fernandez, and, given that she is way, way ahead by many miles against potential rivals in the presidential preference surveys by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, zoom away to victory in the race to Malacanang in May 2022.


The scenario of Sara runnong for President as a subsitute candidate of the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) is detailed in a Manila Times, October 9, report:

PPP presidential candidate offers slot for Mayor Sara

The chairman of the Davao-based Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP) has filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president to keep their hopes of a Sara Duterte-Carpio presidency alive.

Former Tourism Secretary and Cebu gubernatorial candidate Ace Durano disclosed this move by PPP chairman Leonardo Fernandez.

Durano, regional president of PPP-Central Visayas, said Fernadez filed his COC for president so that Duterte-Carpio will have the option for a substitution should the Davao City mayor decide to run for the country’s highest government position.

The filing of COC ended last Friday, October 8, but changes remain possible as the deadline for substitution is on November 15 yet.

“During the convention, the PPP nominated Inday Sara-Duterte as the party’s candidate for president,” said Durano.

“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 added.