MANILA - (UPDATE) The President's daughter and incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday slammed an opposition senator who claimed that she will run for president in 2022 as part of the family's bid to remain in power.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier told a general assembly of opposition group Tindig Pilipinas that President Rodrigo Duterte's "option c" to remain in power is to push for the senatorial run of his daughter in 2019 and a presidential run in 2022.
"LEAVE ME ALONE, Senator Trillanes. The last time a person irked me, I made sure to make it difficult for him to bring me down," the younger Duterte said on Facebook, citing the losing bid of her 2010 mayoral race rival former House Speaker Boy Nograles.
"Let me repeat, do not bother me and my slot will be available for a yellow Senator for the 2019 elections. President Duterte imagines you will be shot, on the other hand, I will make sure you are alive and in pain," she added.
The Davao City mayor has already expressed willingness to run for Congress in the upcoming midterm elections if it would help Davao City's development. But as of that moment, she said she is still uncertain about taking a higher leap in politics.
Trillanes meanwhile insisted that Duterte's eldest daughter is really bent on seeking a Senate seat next year and will run for the presidency in 2022.
"Umaarte lang naman si Sara Duterte. Talaga namang tatakbo siya sa 2019 bilang senador tapos ang third option kung hindi makakapanatili sa puwesto si Presidente Duterte, eh si Sara ang tatakbo sa pagka-pangulo sa 2022," he said.
The opposition senator had claimed that President Duterte has three options to keep him power: Declare martial law and establish a "revolutionary government," charter change, or push for the candidacy of his daughter in 2019 and 2022.
"'Yung 'option c' niya ay itutuklak niya si Sara Duterte bilang pangulo sa 2022. Pero ang unang yugto niyan itutulak niya muna bilang senador sa 2019. Papayag ba tayo na Duterte forever?" Trillanes said.
-with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News