Duterte urges Davao City officials to create 'strong opposition' amid political dynasty tag

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21)— President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged government officials in Davao to establish a “strong opposition” group that would be able to contend against his family’s current leadership.

The chief executive, speaking at his son Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte’s inaugural ceremony, once again addressed the issue of political dynasties. He said he had thought of “giving others a chance.”

Ako nahihiya kasi people keep on repeating that phrase about dynasty. Totoo man 'yan, masama naman talaga na isang pamilya lang for so many years,” Duterte said as he addressed the issue of political dynasties in his speech.

[Translation: I get embarrassed because people keep repeating that phrase about dynasty. It’s true, it’s not good that only one family would be in power for so many years.]

“Maybe after this, if my daughter Inday (Sara Duterte) would decide, let us give others a chance. Kasi kung ang Duterte pa rin ang magtakbo, I'm sure, huwag lang siraan ang pangalan, mananalo pa rin 'yan (Because if a Duterte still runs, I’m sure, if there are no black propaganda, then he or she would still win.]

“But if you think Davaoeños that they are not already up to it, then by all means I suggest all their leaders to put up a strong opposition so that people will have a choice. Na hindi lang ang Duterte ang marunong (that it’s not only the Dutertes who are able to lead),” he added.

Duterte, however, reiterated that he cannot stop his children from running in elections. He added he will support them despite the “principle of dynasty.”

Duterte’s three children all prevailed during the May polls. His daughter, incumbent Mayor Sara Duterte, retained her post following a landslide victory against sole rival Jun Marcellones.

The President’s eldest son, former Vice Mayor Paolo "Pulong" Duterte also won a seat at the House of Representatives representing the 1st District of Davao City.