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MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — At least two presidential aspirants gave varying reactions to the decision of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to drop her reelection bid in the 2022 elections.

Vice President Leni Robredo said they were not surprised by Sara’s decision while the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said such move “deserves respect.”

Sara, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, withdrew her certificate of candidacy for mayor on Tuesday amid speculations that she is gunning for a national post in next year’s elections.

According to Robredo, Sara running for a national position “won’t change the way we do things because we don’t move depending on who our opponents are.”

Robredo also said she believes such development could work in their favor.

“Tingin ko [I think], it can work to our advantage dahil mas klaro kung sino, ano iyong mga pinaglalaban, ano iyong mga paniniwala, sino iyong magkakakampi [because it will beocme clear what the candidates stand for, and who is allied with whom], she said in a press conference in Batangas.

Robredo’s running-mate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, said their tandem is not affected by such development.

“I expected this, and now that it’s happening. Basta kami tuloy-tuloy lang sa aming kampanya, sa pag-iikot. Sa pag-iikot, sa pagko-consolidate ng ating mga supporters. Tuloy-tuloy lang tayo na umiikot para mapalakas iyong hanay ng mga supporters natin [We will press on going around, consolidating and expanding our ranks),” he said.

For his part, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson, said commenting on Sara’s decision and possible plan “is very inappropriate.”

“Such idea deserves respect and any comment for or against it is very inappropriate,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

“In the meantime, let us all just wait for what her decision would be,” he added. (MNS)

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