Media reports that Duterte says daughter is 2022 Philippines Presidential candidate



Late Saturday, ABS-CBN news reported that Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is President Duterte’s daughter, will run for President in the upcoming elections in Philippines in 2022. It also reported that a longtime aide of her father, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has filed papers for the post of Vice President.

After announcing his surprise retirement from politics in an interview with a broadcast journal on Saturday, he was also asked if it was clear that the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates would be Sara-Go and he replied, “It is Sara-Go.”

ABS-CBN news said that they were using the video after getting permission from the broadcast journalist. In the video, Duterte is outside a Manila hotel. In the same video, he is also asked about the date on which his daughter would file her candidacy and he replied that he did not know and he did not have an idea on when the date would be.

He was also asked if he had given permission to his daughter to run for the president, he replied in the negative and said that they did not talk about politics and he said that “it was for the better.”

Duterte’s party has not selected Sara as their presidential candidate. Duterte-Carpio is a member of another political party. She is currently the mayor of Davao. On Saturday, she filed a nomination to run for the mayoral post, once again. Davao is the third largest city in the island-nation.

She is a popular political figure in the Philippines. In a recent poll conducted in the country, she was way ahead of all candidates, while Go polled low numbers.

When asked for comment on Duterte’s comments to the broadcast journalist, a spokesperson for Duterte-Carpio told Reuters that the extent of her knowledge was “also what was reported in the local news” and that they had “no comment on the same.”

 


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