MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, on Monday said she was not planning to run for senator in 2019 but may opt for a seat in the House of Representatives.
Duterte-Carpio, currently Davao City mayor, a position her father held for decades before ascending to the presidency in May last year, said if she did have plans for seeking a national position, she would not have announced it so soon.
"I do not have plans for running a national post. In the 2019 elections, I have plans for running in the first congressional district of Davao City," she told reporters.
"Kung tatakbo man akong senador, hindi ako mag-a-announce ngayon. Masyadong maaga. Pero wala talaga," she said.
(If I were to run as senator, I will not announce it today. It's too early. But there really are no plans.)
The Chief Executive's daughter on Monday led the launch of "Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines," consisting of groups that supported her father in his presidential bid last year.
However, she said she would not use the group for her political plans.
In a speech before hundreds of red-clad supporters, Duterte-Carpio said her father may be "very imperfect" but the public needs to rally behind him to achieve the change he promised.
"Our president is human, very very imperfect, but he is a wrangler, and we only have six years to take that warrior spirit, s'ya ang gagamitin natin to create a better future for our country" she said.
"I call on supporters of President Duterte to unite. Let us set aside personal politics that has torn our country every time we have a new president."
- With reports from Zandro Ochona and Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News