President Rodrigo Duterte (right) and his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio – Photo: Inquirer
“Yes, I will not run for the national position because we agreed that only one of us will run in 2022,” said Sara Duterte-Carpio, the current mayor of ABS-CBN. Davao City.
Her statement came a day after Mr Duterte confirmed his acceptance of the ruling PDP-Laban party’s nomination to run for vice president next year.
“I really want to keep working even though I may not be the one to make the decision,” Duterte said, although some have suggested that this is his move to hold on to power.
On August 24, the Philippine President also said that only “one member of the Duterte family” should participate in the 2022 election because it would not be good for father and son to run together.
However, Ms. Duterte-Carpio insists her relationship with her father “remains the same as before”. “Politics doesn’t affect our family relationship. Work is work, family is family,” she said.
The mayor of Davao City is still considered a bright candidate for the Philippines presidential race next year. However, she still has more time to think because the deadline to register for presidential candidates is from October 1 to October 10.
Only congressman Panfilo Lacson has officially announced his candidacy. Some other potential candidates in the race are vice president Leni Robredo, former congressman Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Mayor Isko Moreno of Manila.
In June 2021, Mr. Duterte said he did not see anyone worthy of replacing him after the 2022 elections, but insisted he was ready to retire.
He also said he advised his daughter not to run for president.
“Last night I told Inday (his name is his daughter) not to run for office, don’t make mistakes,” he said, explaining to his daughter that the job of president was “smug”, empty, nothing but having to work continuously.