Rumors of Mayor Sara Duterte’s plan to resign from her elective post have been making the rounds lately but this was denied by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte who has been acting mayor ever since his sister took a leave of absence (LOA) from the first day of office.
“You better ask her why she is on leave I cannot tell you that,” Paolo’s answer to media queries about the reasons for Sara’s LOA at City Hall, Monday.
City Information Officer, Jeffry Tupas said the mayor is limping right now after she figured in a minor accident and this is the reason for her absence.
“Chismis,” was how Councilor Bernard Al-ag, majority floor leader, described such rumors. However, Al-ag only magnified the rumors when he said “you wait what will be her announcement on July 22.”
Al-ag said he will never believe the rumors that Sara is resigning as mayor until he sees the papers signed. Until then, he added, it is still just a rumor.
But in case such rumors become true, Al-ag said he is ready to take on the job of the vice mayor. He is presently assuming as the acting vice mayor.
For years, it was the mayor who served as chairperson of the Kadayawan but this time, it was Paolo who issued the Executive Order for the Kadayawan where he is also the chair in his capacity as acting mayor.
Unlike the previous years when Paolo served as acting mayor, he is also consistently seen at City Hall for courtesy calls and other transactions requiring the mayor’s presence.
City government employees are also wondering if the rumors that their mayor will be resigning soon to serve as President Rodrigo Duterte’s first lady. Sara however, has remained elusive to the media. Lovely A. Carillo