A lawmaker who is a member of the Liberal Party on Friday threw his support behind the possible presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
"For the Duterte family, there is no opposition. If you are in need, they will be there. That is my reason for backing the candidacy of Mayor Sara for President in 2022,” Cavite First District Rep. Francis Gerald Aguinaldo Abaya told reporters.
Abaya stressed that his decision is entirely his own, and does not reflect the views of other Liberal Party members in Cavite. “We all have our own minds in the Liberal Party,” he explained. “This is my own.”
Abaya revealed that the assistance in terms of projects from the President, and even from the Davao City mayor, have been “continuous and heavy”, be it “ayuda (cash aid)”, medical help, burial assistance from the DWSD, and others.
“I do not know the President, nor do I know tLiberal Party he Mayor from Davao City, and I am from the opposition,” he pointed out. “Still the assistance keeps on coming. There is just no way I can ignore the kindness and support of the President and his daughter, especially now when my constituents in the 1st district continue to suffer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Abaya said his support for Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s candidacy isanchored on the generous programs of her father, and the “promise of continuity” should she succeed him as the next President of the Philippines in the next six years.
The Cavite legislator likewise pointed to Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s qualities of being “independent-minded and principled," both of which swayed him to make his decision to support her should she decide to run for President.
“I especially liked her stand not to run when her father said he will run for Vice-President, because they have an agreement that only one Duterte should hold national office. That, for me, shows Mayor Sara is a very principled politician, and is not an opportunist,” he noted.
Abaya, meanwhile, thanked the President for giving assistance and support to his move to upgrade the Kawit Kalayaan Hospital to a Level 2 District Hospital under House Bill 7123, which he filed last July 20 at the 18th Congress.
The measure proposed that the public hospital be upgraded from 25 beds to 100 beds. Abaya said the President's full support will help his urban poor constituents who desperately need affordable and accessible healthcare facilities and services amid the COVID-19 scourge.
The Kawit Kalayaan Hospital is located at Barangay San Sebastian, Kawit, Cavite.
“I am delighted to announce the continued support by the President of my bill to upgrade the capacity of Kawit Kalayaan Hospital from 25 to 100 hospital beds,” he said.