DAVAO City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte rolled out the red carpet for senatorial candidate Herbert “Bistek” Bautista after he and reelectionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian had been dropped from the senatorial slate of the Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III, who are running for president and vice president, under a different political party.
“We welcome him with open arms,” Mayor Inday Sara said at a campaign sortie of the Bongbong-Sara ticket in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija province on Friday.
Bautista, in a statement, said he did not have any ill feelings toward the Lacson-Sotto ticket and was glad to be fully accepted by the UniTeam.
“I have found a real home,” said Bautista, who was mayor of Quezon City for three terms.
“I do thank Senators Lacson and Sotto for just considering me to be part of their senatorial lineup,” Bautista said. “But I felt more welcome in the Bongbong-Sara team and I feel like this is where I belong,” he said.
Bautista was dropped from the senatorial lineup of the Lacson-Sotto tandem after he attended the proclamation rally of the Bongbong-Sara team at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province on February 8.
Sara had all praises for Bautista when she expressed support for the former Quezon City mayor’s campaign for senator.
As mayor for three terms, Bautista has enough experience for the kind of legislative work needed at the Senate, said Mayor Inday Sara. She said she knew what it was to be mayor and the kind of experience it brings as she had been mayor of Davao City for several years.
Bautista was special mention at the Bongbong-Sara event in Cabanatuan on Friday.
“We thank the support of Herbert Bautista and senator Sherwin Gatchalian for the Bongbong-Sara tandem,” the presidential daughter said during the campaign sortie.
“I look forward to working with them for Election 2022,” she added.