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The big switch? Sara Duterte hints about running for speaker amid Velasco-Cayetano tug of war

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Will Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte take the place of her brother, Paolo, as the congressional candidate of Hugpong ng Pagbabago in the 2019 elections?

Speculation about Sara’s political plans have swirled after she made a cryptic statement concerning the emerging tug of war between former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, who are reportedly both interested in running for speaker in the 18th Congress next year.

“To end all the loose talk and gossip, my bet for Speaker is none other than myself,” she said Friday (November 9).

Sara made the statement after she was reported as endorsing Velasco as Speaker earlier this month.

Cayetano, meanwhile, has claimed that he has secured the blessing of Sara’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for his speakership bid.

Sara will be running for another term as mayor while Paolo will be campaigning for a congressional seat.