DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte yesterday disowned an article on social media which said she is promoting federalism and bared her alleged assessment of how the national government is responding to the coronavirus disease or COVID 19.
In a statement, Mayor Duterte slammed those behind this article which she said is not helping the government in this time of crisis.
The article is entitled “Mayor Inday Sarah Duterte’s point of view” and was shared and reposted by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“This is to inform the public that the article ‘Mayor Inday Sarah Duterte’s point of view’ is not mine nor does it reflect my actual views about federalism and how the national government is responding to the Covid-19 health crisis,” she said.
“Everything about the said article was never mine — from the misspelled ‘Sarah’ to the glaring grammatical errors to the ridiculous syntax or to the whole idea of federalism,” the presidential daughter stressed.
The article has been making the rounds on social media and has been shared and reposted by supporters of President Duterte — particularly popular among those who are pushing for a federal form of government.
According to Mayor Duterte, or Inday Sara as she is fondly called, the article which presented her purported commentary on federalism vis-a-vis the fight against COVID-19 was insulting.
Mayor once expressed her objection to federalism as this would only give political clans more power to rule.
“The authors of the article should be ashamed of themselves for the horrible work they have done with the article and for manipulating and fooling the public,” she stressed.
“Those who have read the article, shared it on their social media accounts, and were convinced that the views expressed there were actually mine should be equally ashamed of themselves for agreeing to become propagators of fake information apparently manufactured to peddle an agenda,” the mayor added.
For the founder and chairperson of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, any form of misinformation, any attempt to fool the public, any move to use her or any other person to push an agenda is a painful counterproductive measure that would only worsen the situation as it would never help the Duterte government win over the deadly virus.
“I humbly ask the public, particularly the supporters of President Duterte, to be always circumspect in dealing with information online.
“I also ask the supporters of the Duterte administration to stand strong with each other, and continue to support your government,” she appealed.