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Roque backs ‘Run, Sara, Run’ movement

Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque has backed the campaign to draft Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as presidential candidate for next year’s national elections.

Roque on Thursday said he had joined the voices calling for Duterte-Carpio’s presidential bid, mainly through the “Run, Sara, Run” movement.

“I support the ‘Run, Sara, Run’ movement, but I respect that the decision will have to be made by Mayor Sara herself,” he said in a Palace briefing.

“I’ve added my voice to the voices of many who believe that she should be the next president of the country,” Roque added.

On Wednesday, he joined the League of Mayors of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter in forming a “Run, Sara, Run” movement in the province. The Palace official shared photos of the event on his Facebook page.

He earlier said that he would only join the senatorial race if Duterte-Carpio seeks the presidency, adding that the Davao City mayor has the qualities of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago which make her qualified for the highest government post.

Roque said he was thinking about running for an elective post in 2022, although he admitted that it was a difficult decision to make given the costs of mounting a national campaign, among other reasons.

“As to whether or not I will run, well, it depends on various considerations including funding, health and, of course, I don’t want to be presumptuous, I do not know who Mayor Sara will invite to be with her when she decides to run,” he said.

Roque previously served as a party-list representative of Kabayan from 2016 to 2017 before serving as presidential spokesperson.

He stepped down as Palace mouthpiece to seek a Senate seat in the 2019 elections, only to back out before the official campaign period due to health reasons.

Roque was reinstalled to the Palace after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.

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