I am of course talking about Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the president’s daughter.
I could not agree more with Senator Panfilo Lacson who recently said that his choice for the next leader of the country is Sara.
For one who had been supporting President Rodrigo Duterte, warts and all, all these years, and acknowledge and recognizes his good intentions of making the whole country a safe and livable place, like what he has made Davao City to be one such place, I could not think of anybody else who could be more apt and adept to take over the reins of leadership than his own daughter, Sara.
Sara, in her own right, is also a lawyer and a successful politician.
Sara has been able to sustain what the father has started in Davao City, and she is her own person.
In totality Sara is what her father is – an out-of-the-box thinker, strict, tough and a heart especially for the poor. Cusswords? Well, she may likely utter them, too, but perhaps covertly, and I cannot blame her.
But over and above her character or attributes she has inherited from her father, what is important and significant is that she knows who her father is and what he is doing for the country and the Filipino people in general.
What I am driving at is having a continuity in the mission and vision of President Duterte for the country and its people. There could not be anybody else reliably better than Sara, the daughter herself.
It takes somebody like Sara, who is very close to the president, and who serves sometimes as a presidential confidant, to understand how things are done and to have no other selfish motivation but to move the country forward, help alleviate the lives of the people and establish a country that is respected and well spoken of.
Like Lacson, I am not saying that there are no emerging young leaders in the country to take over the helm of government after Duterte.
In fact how I wish Lacson, who himself is strict and straightforward, could take over after Duterte, but his past, as we all know, will just be used to haunt him.
But the truth is that I could not imagine having a Cayetano, a Trillanes, a Sotto, an Ejercito, a Poe, or an Escudero to succeed President Duterte.
Surely their motivation and aspirations will be different, as will be their sense of direction for lack of political will.
We had been there before and for a long time having traditional politicians as leaders and it got us nowhere.
With President Duterte at the helm there are favorable differences happening in the country that are welcomed by many Filipinos, thus Duterte’s high satisfaction ratings in the polls.
It will take another Duterte, hopefully Sara, to fulfill her father’s dreams for the country and its people.