Incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has withdrawn her candidacy to seek a second term as city mayor in 2022, fueling speculation she would be considering a national position in next year’s polls.
In a Facebook post, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte said said her brother, incumbent Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, will instead seek the post of mayor of the city in 2022.
“Ngayong hapon wini-withdraw ko ang aking kandidatura sa pagka-Mayor ng Davao City. Si VM Baste ang papalit sa akin. Ito lamang po muna sa ngayon. Maraming salamat po (This afternoon, I am withdrawing my candidacy for mayor of Davao City. Vice mayor Baste will take my place. This is what I can say at the moment. Thank you very much),” she said.
Sara’s move is only days away from the November 15 deadline set by the Commission on Elections for political parties to replace or make substitutions for their bets in the May 2022 polls.
Around 13 minutes after her announcement on her Facebook account, more than 11,000 netizens commented and 30,000 have already shared the post. The netizens expressed excitement and happiness about the presidential daughter’s decision.
Like his sister, Baste announced his withdrawal via Facebook and thanked the Dabawenyos for the support they have given him. He later proceeded to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here to withdraw his candidacy right after his sister’s own withdrawal.
“I have filed my withdrawal as Vice Mayor candidate of Davao City. I hereby nominate Atty. Melchor Quitain Jr. as my substitute,” he said.
“I am deeply grateful to the Dabawenyos for the support they have given me all this time. I have no other details to share at the moment. Thank you,” he added.
It can be recalled that Baste filed his certificate of candidacy for the vice mayoral post at the Comelec office on October 3.
For his part, Quitain said Baste’s decision to pick him as his substitute came as a surprise.
“I was advised by VM to substitute him yesterday (Nov. 8). It was very short notice and even up to now I still can’t believe what had happened,” he said in an interview