Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said she is “open” to the idea of running for the presidency in next year’s national elections.
The mayor, who visited the Provincial Capitol on Friday for a courtesy call on Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, said she is “open” to any possibilities when asked in an interview with the Cebu press.
While she did not specifically cite the 2022 elections or seeking the top position as the main reason for her visit, the Davao mayor said she and her party were in Cebu to “scan the environment,” in response to the seemingly growing support she got from here.
Duterte said she sought the permission of the governor that her party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HPG), will be visiting Cebu to “talk to the people” here.
“Run Sara Run” tarpaulins have been sprouting around the province, urging her to run for president.
“I thank my supporters here in Cebu, for their trust and confidence in me,” Mayor Sara said in Cebuano.
She noted that this is also one of the reasons why they are in Cebu to ask the people here “what they really want”.
“It is important for us in HNP to talk to the people, a lot of people, and Governor Garcia allowed us to do so,” she said in a mix of English and Cebuano.
Duterte also shared that among the highlights of her talk with Garcia include the operations of the Cebu airport and her tour at the Gallery of the Provincial Capitol, among other “light subjects”.
She was accompanied by Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista during her Capitol visit while Cebu Rep. Duke Frasco of the Fifth District was also present during Duterte’s meeting with Garcia.
Before she left on Friday, Mayor Sara was given a tour by Garcia at the Gallery to showcase important memorabilia on the history of the Cebu Capitol and the provincial government here.