Undeniable speculations have flown thick and fast about the meeting between Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio and former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos in Cebu City…
My little birdies in Cebu said that Sara might just run as Bongbong’s party-mate to upset Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who’s running for the vice presidency.
She also wants to unsettle her father, President Digong.
Several times during the party, Sara expressed abhorrence over Go’s close bonding with her father, according to one of my little birdies…
Go was the Special Assistant to the President, or SAP, a title he held until he was elected senator.
Sara implied that even after getting elected senator, Bong Go continues to be “servile” – that’s not my choice of wording, but of my little birdies – to Digong.
There’s nothing wrong with Bong being a servant to her father, Sara implied; it’s just that she and her siblings can’t go directly to the President without passing through him.
To be fair, Go is just following orders from the President: everybody, including his relatives, will have to pass through him.
So, what really transpired during the “chance” meeting between the presidential daughter and the son of former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.?
Here’s what I gathered from my spies in Cebu:
Sara said that in August her father’s wish was to run for vice president with Bong Go as standard-bearer. She called it “Plan A.”
The “Plan B” was for Sara to run for president with Bong Go as her running mate.
But last week, “Plan C” was hatched by Majority Speaker Romualdez and Energy Secretary Al Cusi, touting a Bongbong Marcos (BBM)-Bong Go (BG) tandem.
Why? They want to stop headstrong Sara at all costs, according to my spies.
As we all know, there’s bad blood between daughter and father.
Sara hasn’t gotten over her parents’ separation; she sides with her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman, a Filipino-German who’s a former Philippine Airlines flight attendant.
When Sara was elected mayor along with her father as vice mayor, her first order of business was to dismiss all her father’s Davao City Hall subordinates.
Under Plan C, according to my Cebu spies, Digong would run for the Senate, with an eye for acquiring the position of Senate president.
Plan C, which will be presented to Bongbong Marcos anytime now, requires the following from Bongbong himself: he would have to retain all key Cabinet members, such as Francisco Duque for health, Cusi for energy, Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez for finance and Salvador “Bingbong” Medialdea as executive secretary.
From where I sit, it seems that the current administration has figured out everything, including a Marcos-Go win and a victory for Digong in the Senate race.
Why are they so cocky about winning?
What if Bongbong Marcos does not accede?
What will happen to him if he doesn’t agree, given that he’s leading in all the current surveys for “presidentiables?”