Sara Duterte again rejects calls to run for president, wants to complete term as mayor
Masakit din para sa aking damdamin na sana’y magpaubaya sa mga kaibigan na hindi ko maibigay ang gusto ninyo. Gusto ko po sana tapusin muna ang huli kong termino sa Mayor bago ako manungkulan sa ibang position. Madami sa inyo ang nasasaktan, sumama ang loob at nawalan ng pag-asa pero puwede pa rin tayo magtulungan para sa ating bayan, di kailangan ng position, di kailangan ng tayo ay Pangulo upang makatulong. Gawin natin ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa araw-araw natin na pamumuhay. Maraming Salamat po.
Posted by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Wednesday, October 6, 2021
MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sought the understanding of her supporters as she rejected again on Wednesday calls for her run for president in 2022, saying she would rather finish her term as mayor before moving on to another position.
She had already filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor, which made it seem that she was completely dropping her bid to be the successor of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, in 2022.
“It pains me not to be able to give my friends what they want,” she said in Filipino in a Facebook post. “I want to finish my last term as mayor before I serve in another position.”
Should she win in the 2022 elections, it will be her fourth term. She served her first term from 2010 to 2013, her second term from 2016 to 2019, and her third term from 2019 to 2022.
In September, she said she would not run for president in the 2022 polls, citing her agreement with her father that only one of them would vie for a national position.
President Duterte had previously announced that he would run for vice president on accepting the nomination of his party, PDP-Laban. He then signed a certificate of nomination and acceptance.
However, in a surprise move on Oct. 2, he said he would be retiring from politics and Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go would run as vice president instead.
He also claimed that her daughter would run for president with Go as her running mate.
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