Mayor Sara Duterte and Tindig Pilipinas Group, photo compiled from Google
Presidential daughter Sara Duterte on Monday launched a movement against 'destructive politicking' in the country.

Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines is the form of such attempt. It is a multisectoral group which aims to build better communities and local governments.

Duterte, who is also the mayor of Davao City, in her remarks during the launch lamented the rise of negative political partisanship that is seeing Filipinos pitted against other Filipinos, brandishing political colors of either “red, yellow, or white.”

Duterte said that unity is needed in the country.
Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines, photo from

"Iisa lang naman tayo – Filipino,” she said.

Duterte now faces alleged destabilization efforts, leading her to create the group along with allies.

"Alam niyo po bakit tayo nandito lahat? Kasi mahirap po magpalaki ng magulang," Sara said during the launching of the pro-Duterte group at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

She said she discouraged her father from running.

"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'wag kang tumakbo...Iang beses kong sinabi sa kanya, sinulatan ko pa siya kasi parang hindi siya nakikinig. Sinulatan ko sabi ko 'wag kang tumakbo," she added.

To which she claimed he replied, "Matagal na tayong nagaantay, kung hindi ako tatakbo I do not think that this country will turn around,"

President Rodrigo Duterte now faces continuous attacks from his opposition.

During the launch of the “Tapang at Malasakit” Alliance the Davao mayor was more circumspect and diplomatic, saying that she believes in dissent as it is an important aspect of a democratic country. She said she even disagrees often with her father, the president, noting, “There’s democracy in our house.”

However, she added  “It is a different matter altogether if you lie just to oppose. If you paint a sad and hopeless Philippines abroad, and the country’s reputation is being destroyed, that’s already wrong."

The groups objectives are: "encouraging volunteerism to help communities, promoting public service among its members, and in general working to eliminate poverty and usher in a more progressive Philippines."

The multisectoral group now has 75 members.

Duterte said that anti-Duterte groups can join the alliance but they should bring in “positive” work. “We can disagree but not be disagreeable,” she said.


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