Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Sara Duterte-Carpio, Daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will run for president in next year’s presidential election. While his father’s aide, Senator Christopher Go, ran for vice president and became his running mate
Sara Duterte-Carpio is currently the mayor of Davao, the third largest city in the Philippines. On Saturday (2/10) he had re-elected to run for mayor.
He had previously said he would not run for national office next year. However, based on ABS-CBN’s report on an interview Duterte conducted with a journalist, he said his son would run for the presidency.
The interview came just after he announced his retirement from politics while accompanying his closest loyalist, Senator Christopher Go.
“So it’s clear, Sara-Go? It’s Sara-Go,” Duterte said in response, citing Reuters on Sunday (3/9).
When asked to confirm what the president said, Duterte-Carpio’s spokeswoman, Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco told Reuters.
“To my knowledge also what is reported in the local news.” Go did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
ABS-CBN News said it had obtained permission from the broadcast journalist to use a video showing Duterte outside a Manila hotel where candidate registration was taking place.
In the same clip, Duterte is asked when his daughter will put forward his candidacy for president, he says: “I really don’t know. I don’t know at all”.
Then when asked if iq had given permission to his daughter to run for president, he avoided it.
“Ah, no, actually we don’t talk about politics, since we never talk about politics. I would say that it’s for the better,” he said.
Duterte, who turned 76 years earlier said on Saturday that he was retiring from politics. It was however a surprise move that fueled speculation that he was paving the way for a presidential election run by his daughter.
He is expected to run for the No. 2, a plan that most Filipinos oppose because it violates the spirit of the constitution which stipulates a one-term limit for the president to stop abuse of power.
Political analysts are skeptical and note last-minute changes are still possible, as in 2015.
Duterte-Carpio, they say, can do the same. Candidates have until October 8 to apply, but substitutions are allowed until November 15, or last-minute changes.