By Raïssa Robles
I’m keenly watching what President Benigno Aquino III will do with the punching and hair-pulling case of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and the dirty finger incidents involving Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his city councilor son Paul.
Because you see, their political relation is terribly complicated. They campaigned together last year.
A month before the polls last year, the incumbent Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announced in a political rally that he was supporting the Aquino-Mar Roxas tandem. In fact, he listed his political party affiliation with the Comelec the same as PNoy – Liberal Party.
However, his daughter Sara who was running for mayor, listed her party affiliation as PDP-Laban – the party of Jejomar Binay, now the Vice-President. The one below was taken from the Commission on Elections website. It shows their winning votes:
Despite Rodrigo Duterte’s open endorsement, PNoy and Roxas failed to win in Davao City. But the fight was quite close between PNoy and Joseph Estrada, Binay’s running mate .
Look at the scoreboard on Davao City in Congress’ official canvassing of votes for President:
Congress’ scoreboard below shows Binay winning over Roxas. In fact, Binay was the runaway winner among the four national candidates. Look at the scoreboard on Davao City in Congress’ official canvassing of votes:
Both Sara and Rodrigo Duterte of course got more votes than either Binay or PNoy (see first table above).
It’s interesting to see that they felt the need to straddle two political parties – LP and PDP-Laban – in order to defeat their political opponents in their home turf.
Davao City, along with General Santos City, are the model cities in Mindanao.
Davao City will play a role in the 2016 presidential polls. In terms of votes, Davao City is the most important place in the Davao Region since more than a third of all registered voters live there – 948,428 voters out of the 2,555,783 registered in the region as of 2010.
It’s also interesting to note that to this day, VP Binay has not openly defended his party mate Sara Duterte. Maybe keeping quiet is his way of defending her. But Binay has publicly taken the side of the Catholic bishops in their case involving the receipt of money from the state lottery to buy luxury vehicles.
What gives, do you think?