Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte asked the opposition senatorial slate Otso Diretso to find a third party organizer who would manage the possible debate between the two groups.
This was after Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Attorney Romulo Macalintal asked Sara Duterte to set the debate rules for the debate between the opposition and pro-government candidates.
“Kayo na’ng gumawa ng rules, ng panuntunan, mamili kayo ng lugar, ng oras, ng araw… Para din maayos ito, ‘yung kinatawan ni Sara Duterte ay makipagkita rin sa aming kinatawan,” Macalintal said.
In response, Inday Sara said that Macalintal was asking the wrong person because the presidential daughter is not affiliated with Otso Diretso.
“Sila naman ‘yong nagtawag ng debate ‘di ba? I am a mayor of Davao City, I am the chairman of HNP, hindi po ako secretary ng Otso Diretso,” Inday Sara said after a campaign sortie held in Manila on Wednesday.
Recently, Inday Sara slammed Otso Diretso for challenging Hugpong ng Pagbabago in a debate even without clear rules.
“Willing mag-debate ang some of the candidates, but only if there is an agreement about the rules, venue, ‘yung mga ganoon. Hindi puwede unilateral ang pag-decide about a debate,” said Duterte on Tuesday
She said that the manner showed by Otso Diretso in challenging them is unprofessional.
“Hindi puwede ‘yung sasabihin mo lang, ‘O mag debate tayo dito ngayon.’ Parang sinabi mo lang, ‘O mag-suntukan tayo.’ Parang ganoon lang kasi ‘yun. Parang barabara, palengke style, so hindi pUwede ganoon,” she said.
But she clarified that she’s fine if her own candidates chose to debate with Otso Diretso anytime because it’s still their right to decide on their own.
“Kung ikaw candidate ka, dapat ikaw ang mag-decide kung gusto mong makipag-debate or hindi,’ she said.