The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, assured on Saturday that his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio will run in the 2022 presidential election, according to the local network ABS-CBN, although both had previously denied this possibility.
The testimony came when Duterte was approached by a journalist as he was leaving a hotel, who asked him about the possibility of Duterte-Carpio running for election along with Senator Christopher Go, a close associate of the President.
Go has already submitted her candidacy for the vice presidency, but it is not yet clear whether Duterte-Carpio will do the same for the presidency, as she herself has denied this possibility several times.
However, the latest announcement by the Philippine President that he would retire from political life at the end of his term would release his daughter, who made it clear a few weeks ago that her decision not to run for president was due to her father, whom he said had planned to run as a vice presidential candidate.
“We agreed that only one of them would run,” said the Filipino politician, who is currently mayor of the city of Davao, for which she is running for re-election.
The spokeswoman for the Davao Mayor’s Office, Christina García Frasco, did not want to comment on Duterte’s words, according to the ABS-CBN chain.
Duterte announced this Saturday that he will retire from political life at the end of his term in office and will not run in the elections for vice president in 2022 as planned.
If he finally follows up on his announcement, Duterte will end his five-year term, marked by his brutal anti-drug campaign, which has been heavily criticized by international organizations for having participated in extrajudicial killings and terrorism campaigns in pursuit of drug traffickers. extended underground to the civilian population.