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Monday, October 18, 2021
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Bzzzzz: Sara didn't say never. But Bato de la Rosa and Bong Go may stand in for her - just in case. Speculation of a switch won't end till November 15. Gwen's vice guv: 'Dr. Heyrosa who?'

CEBU. (From left) Dr. Maria Theresa Heyrosa, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and Senator Ronald dela Rosa. (Contributed/SunStar File)

'Ain't over till it's over'

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio -- in her Facebook post Friday, October 8, the last day of the COC-filing period -- asked for understanding of her supporters as she rejected again calls for her to run for president.

"I am presenting myself to the Dabawenyos as mayor for the third and last time in my life as a politician." That she already filed a COC for city mayor seemed she was completely dropping any plan for a national position.

No word that indicates a possible change of mind. Instead, she talked of a third and last term.

THERE'S STILL TIME. But then supporters and skeptics alike point out (1) there's no categorical declaration of finality, such as "end of discussion" or "never"; and (2) she still has until November 15, or 38 days from October 8 for a last-hour switch.

What has also kept the guessing game was the October 2 statement of Sara's father, President Rodrigo Duterte, who said the Sara-Bong Go tandem was a "go," which seemed to jibe with Digong's decision to retire from politics.

Plus the fact that many people don't know what to believe in politicians' rhetoric anymore. The safe stance is to believe that it "ain't over till it's over" and anything can happen.

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Bato, Bong Go: stand-ins

Senator Ronald "Bato" de la Rosa filed a COC for president before the Comelec closed the filing period Friday, October 8. Earlier, Senator Bong Go filed a COC for vice president.

Bato for president? Seriously? The senator said he was. He was ordered by the party. Obviously, like Bong Go, he is a stand-in. Both are the president's most trusted men.

Bong Go's COC is there until, or if, Mayor Sara Duterte junks her COC for Davao City mayor and runs for president. Bong Go may also stand in for Sara should she decide to slide to VP or -- another possibility -- if President Duterte would run for the No. 2 post after all.

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A doctor in the house

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia's running mate is a practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Maria Theresa Heyrosa from Carcar City.

One news story says she is not new in public service. Dr. Heyrosa was "a Sangguniang Kabataan member in the 1990s." She reportedly admitted she is not a politician but she said she wants to serve and maybe she can guide the governor during the pandemic.

2 REASONS. Another news story, quoting Representative Pablo John Garcia, the governor's brother who accompanied her during the COC filing, says One Cebu chose her because "it's time for a fresh face in Cebu politics" and "the one challenge we're facing in the Province is the health crisis and she'd be a valuable partner for Governor Garcia."

Her selection must be a rush. Late Friday afternoon, Bzzzzz requested for photo and biodata of Dr. Heyrosa from Capitol publicist Kathy Navarro-Bethune. She produced the photo (the doctor, minus the mask at the COC filing) but not the bio, which Kathy said they still don't have.

The response among media people was generally "Heyrosa who?" News archives and the internet yielded little or no information about her. Cebu Provincial Elections Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano offered the information that she's the wife of Atty. Erwin Heyrosa. "Atty. Heyrosa who?" "A practicing lawyer," PES chief Casti said.

All that inevitably breeds the speculation that Dr. Heyrosa might not be the final One Cebu candidate. Could it happen? The law and Comelec rules allow it, chief Casti said.

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