MANILA (UPDATED) - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday said that she is being asked by her allies to "reconsider" her plans for the 2022 presidential elections.
She had claimed that she "does not intend" to seek the country's top post.
"Well nag-decide na ako nung January. I was asked to extend it till April 30, then by April 30 I was asked to extend it till July. So July binigyan ako ng HNP (Hugpong ng Pagbabago) governors until July to decide,” she said, referring to her party.
She reiterated there will be no tandem with her father in the 2022 elections amid speculations that she will run for president, with President Rodrigo Duterte running for vice president.
“It will never happen that merong Duterte-Duterte... sinabi naman na ni PRRD kung ano 'yung mga reasons niya kung bakit ayaw niya ako tumakbong president,” she said.
The President said earlier he has appealed to Sara not to run for the top post in 2022. The Chief Executive also denied he's gunning for the vice presidency despite being pushed by partymates to seek the position.
Defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos, son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, has been floated as Sara's possible runningmate following his trip to Davao City for her birthday.
Former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, who was defeated in the 2010 presidential elections, is also allegedly in contention.
There have also been newspaper and billboard advertisements showing Sara with Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, which also hint of a possible tandem.
"Walang script, ngayon is pinag-iisipang maigi 'yung desisyon dahil hindi siya madaling trabaho na gawin," she said. - report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News