Sara says no team up with her father, President Duterte, in 2022

Published June 21, 2021, 4:03 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

FILE photo of President Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan in October 2019. (Malacañang photo)
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio here said Monday, June 21, that she does not see a possible tandem with her father, President Duterte, should she decide to join the presidential race next year.

During her program over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), the lady mayor said that it is unlikely that she would be chosen as a running mate of the incumbent President because her father earlier detested the idea of having a woman president to lead the country.

President Duterte had earlier said that running for vice president is a “good idea.” Duterte’s six-year term will end on June 30, 2022.

“President Duterte has already said that presidency is not a woman’s job, particularly not for me. So, if President Duterte will run for vice president, let’s not expect that he will get me as president,” Mayor Duterte said.

During an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel last June 16, Sara, who has been topping the list of possible presidential candidates, changed her tune about the presidential race next year, saying she is now considering entertaining the idea of running for the country’s top post.

The mayor here added that she has no plans of joining a national party and that she would rather stay with Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), founded by different governors of Davao Region, and Hugpon sa Tawong Lungsod that her father founded when he was mayor of this city.

She said she is thankful to politicians for their support, particularly those who expressed the interest to become her running mate for next year’s national elections.

“Not only to them but to all people who have showed their support. I thank you for your trust and confidence for me as a person and as a public official,” she said.

She added that she has not decided on her running mate yet because she has yet to finalize her decision whether she would run for the country’s top post.