MANILA—Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is unlikely to run for president in 2022, her father, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday.
The President dispelled persistent talk that her daughter was being groomed for the post, saying Duterte-Carpio simply wants to “shake the tree.”
“If I know Inday, hindi ’yan tatakbo ng pagka-presidente (she won’t run for president),” Duterte said in a speech during a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bacolod City.
“Wise ’yan si Inday. She just wants to shake the tree and get rid of the dry leaves and everything. Hindi ako papayag na tatakbo (I won’t allow her to run).”
Duterte-Carpio is leading the administration-backed regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, which has been touring the country to campaign for its senatorial slate in the May 13 elections.
Earlier this year, the Davao City mayor urged her supporters to 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 No. 1 sa hate list nila,” Duterte-Carpio told reporters in February.
(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 No. 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.)