Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda late on Wednesday got a surprise Mothers' Day greeting from vice presidential bet Sara Duterte on the same day that her son disowned for supporting the presidential bid of Bongbong Marcos.
Duterte delivered the flowers to Legarda as she was interviewed by Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy in SMNI's television studios in New Jerusalem, Davao City.
"Pastor Quiboloy and I thought of giving you an advanced Happy Mother's Day," President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter told Legarda. The open letter published on Rappler was not discussed.
Sara Duterte said she was "very lucky" to have seen politicians like Legarda who impart their experiences in politics with her. She even said that she considers Legarda as her "mom senator."
"I improve everytime meron akong naririnig sa kanila na mga tips, mga advice nila. So napakalaking tulong ni Sen. Loren Legarda sa akin," Duterte-Carpio said.
Quiboloy said that while he is pushing for new faces in the Senate, Legarda is one of those who need to return to the chamber.
"Tinitignan ko yung magagawa ng isang senador o ng isang mambabatas. At nakita naman natin kung ano ang ginagawa ng ating masipag, maunawain at mabait na senador na sa turing ko may pusong ina para sa ating bayan," he said.
The interview centered on Legarda's advocacies for the environment, climate, indigenous peoples, and Filipino culture.
"I actually love her like a daughter na. Nakakatuwa. Bata pa siyang mayor nun, tuwang-tuwa na ako sa kanya. Very humble," she said of the president's daughter.
In an opinion piece published on Rappler, Lorenzo, Legarda's son, said he was left with no choice but to publicly state how "absolutely disgusted" he was by his mother's choice in this year's elections.
"I need everyone to know that Loren Legarda lost her son forever because of this. Paint her bright red with that shame. Don’t let her forget it. In the words of a wise woman: I don’t know her," Lorenzo said of his mother.
Legarda shared the first to second places with broadcaster Raffy Tulfo in the list of preferred senatorial candidates in the May 9 elections, according to Pulse Asia's April 2022 survey released a week before the polls.