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THE newly formed Partido Kalikasan Party-List has urged Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio to take up the mantle of continuing the “politics of hope and change” initiated by the Duterte administration nationwide.

Partido Kalikasan issued the call as it launched last February 27,2021, the movement called RISE or Rise with Inday Sara for Economic Sustainability at Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City through a “Run Sara Run” or “Saravan” motorcade.

Businessman Ruben Virtucio told Cebu Business Week and DYRC radio that their activities sought to gather five million signatures nationwide in a bid to convince her to take up the challenge of running for President in 2022.

Sara is the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte and brother of Davao City Rep. Paulo “Pulong” Duterte. The President discouraged her daughter to run for the country’s top post. However, Virtucio said Sara must listen to the sentiment of the people.

The group also hopes that Sara will succeed in making the Philippines a federal state of government.

The presidential election is on the first Monday of May 2022, but the filing of candidacy will be in October 2021.

“We are hoping that with overwhelming endorsement, Mayor Sara will be convinced to continue the goals of the Duterte administration that are characterized by firmness, propoor and prochange,” said spokesperson Ruben Virtucio.

The partylist is also circulating an open letter to Mayor Sara that spelled out the need to take up the challenge. The partylist has scheduled a motorcade caravan in Cebu City as part of its launching activities.

In an interview with Cebu Business Week and DYRC radio, Virtucio said that if Sara will take over the presidency after her father (President Duterte) will step down on June 30, 2022, there will be continuity of projects. He believed that if another President will sit in Malacañang by July 1, 2022, all the projects and programs that have been started or about to be started will be stopped.

Virtucio said that while they are a group of individuals in Cebu, they tie-up with other groups like Partido Kalikasan to maximize their efforts in convincing Sara to run for President.

Virtucio, who was also one of those who urged then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for president in 2016, said that Duterte supporters believe that Sara will continue to realize the goals and implement programs that her father has started for the benefit of the people.

In its open letter to Sara, Partido Kalikasan said that the machinery and mechanism to uplift the living condition of the Filipino people is the advocacy and policy of the Duterte administration.

At this point of time that we are facing the biggest economic crisis in this century, the Duterte administration continued to protect the in terest of the ordinary Filipinos against the oligarchs and other organized groups that caused 21 million poorest of the poor people when President Duterte assumed post in 2016.

Partido Kalikasan said that the oligarchs and vested interest groups used the sweat and blood of the people who were victimized by institutional and historical lack of justice.

The group believed that millions of people still believe that all the injustices and the needs of all people will be addressed once there is continued governance under a Duterte administration.

Under this politics of hope, Partido Kalikasan is positive the people together with the Duterte administration will push through Bayanihan amid the world crisis because of the Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

With the accomplishments of President Rodrigo Duterte in the past four years, Partido Kalikasan said this has resulted to the growing number of people urging Sara to run for President to continue the goals and programs of this administration.

The group said that Sara herself has accomplished several things as mayor of Davao City for several years.