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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, on Thursday, November 11 has tendered her resignation from Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party she founded in 2018.
In a handwritten letter, Duterte wrote, “It is with profound sadness that I hereby tender my resignation from our beloved party. My support will always be with you and I will always be grateful for all the things you have taught me.”
This move comes after the presidential daughter dropped her reelection bid for Davao City mayor on Tuesday, stirring up the speculations that she will instead be running for a national post.
Per Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez, Duterte cannot run for a national position under HNP as regional parties cannot file national candidates.
“If she is going to substitute, then she will have to join a political party that already has a candidate for whatever position she wants to substitute,” Jimenez explained.
The incumbent Davao City mayor met with several candidates recently including Senator Bato dela Rosa who earlier said that he is willing to give up his candidacy if Duterte changes her mind and pursues the presidency.
Substitution for candidates for elections 2022 will close on November 15.