Sara Duterte

Rappler Recap: Sara Duterte leaves Hugpong, joins Lakas. What’s next?

Days after she withdrew her reelection bid for mayor, the President's daughter leaves her regional party and joins Lakas-CMD

It’s been a whirlwind week for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the days leading up to November 15, the deadline of substitution via withdrawal of candidates for the 2022 elections.

On November 11, just two days after she withdrew her reelection bid for mayor, Sara officially joined former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Lakas-CMD.

Before she took her oath, however, Sara made key stops – to Balesin island for Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s birthday, and to the Revilla farm in Silang, Cavite, where she stood as principal sponsor in the wedding of the daughter of Lakas-CMD chairman Senator Bong Revilla.

What does her membership in Lakas-CMD mean moving forward? What post is the President’s daughter seeking in 2022? Rappler reporter Bea Cupin summarizes and tries to make sense of the Davao mayor’s latest political movements. –