Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday said will no longer run for president in 2022 as her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, has formally accepted his party’s endorsement to run for vice president in 2022.
“Yes, I am not running for a national position as we both agreed only one of us will run for a national position in 2022,” Sara Duterte said in a television interview.
She added that her relationship with her father will not change. “Politics is separate from our family relationships. So, there is nothing personal,” she said partly in Filipino.
Duterte accepted the endorsement of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to run for vice president with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as the standard bearer. This was made during the party’s national assembly in Pampanga last Wednesday.
The party also named Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez as its official senatorial candidates.
Its guest senatorial candidates include Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chairperson Greco Belgica, and House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta.
“I think it turned out the way the Cusi Faction wanted it to go down,” Sara Duterte said, when asked about the convention and presentation of candidates by the PDP-Laban wing headed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
Meanwhile, she also thanked her supporters for their trust and confidence in her.
“I am happy we are united in our desire to see a better Philippines in the future. I will be eternally thankful for your trust and confidence,” Duterte further added.
On the other hand, Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista, chairperson of Ituloy ang Pagbabago Movement 2022 said the election is still far and anything can still happen to change the mayor’s decision.
“I always believe in God’s will. What is important is that she has the desire to serve the people and everything will follow. We believe in her leadership and I will always believe in her and I will always be her avid fan no matter what now and forever,” Bautista said in a statement.