Sara Duterte shuns ‘next president’ tag

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 18 2019 01:30 PM

VIGAN CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said Monday she might announce in January 2021 whether she would run for president or not, amid persistent talk that she was being groomed for the post.

But for now, Duterte-Carpio said she would prefer that supporters stop labeling her as the country’s “next president,” as this has made her a prime target of those eyeing the presidency. 

“I wish they would not talk about me like that dahil yung mga gustong mag-president as early as now, ilalagay nila ako sa number 1 sa hate list nila,” Duterte-Carpio told reporters after the campaign rally of senatorial bets under the administration coalition of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

(I wish they would not talk about me like that because those who are eyeing the presidency as early as now, they would make me number 1 in their hate list.)

“Ang ginagawa ko lang naman is tinutulungan ang presidente to get through the remaining three years of his administration.”

(What I’m just doing is to help the President get through the remaining three years of his administration.)

Last week, Duterte-Carpio took a break from her duties as mayor to campaign for senatorial candidates endorsed by her regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Duterte-Carpio said deciding to run for president was not easy, and that it needed “money, machinery, and most important of all, the wisdom and guidance of God.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said last Friday it won't be a surprise if Duterte-Carpio became the next chief executive. 

Panelo said this after he was asked where Duterte-Carpio gets funding for a nationwide caravan supporting the senatorial slate of her regional party, HNP.

Panelo said Duterte-Carpio has many “admirers” which is why it’s not hard for her to gather funds and support.

Duterte-Carpio however said the HNP was not a vehicle for a possible presidential bid.

“Nangyari lang naman na lumabas kami this election dahil marami ang humingi ng tulong at mayroong dalawang presidente na tumawag para tulungan ang candidates nila,” she said.

She said her father asked her to campaign for former special assistant to the president Bong Go, former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, and former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also asked Duterte-Carpio to boost the candidacy of his sons, former senator Jinggoy Estrada and re-electionist Senator JV Ejercito.