Sara Duterte says praying for wisdom on 2022 presidential race

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 02 2019 04:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2019 09:02 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a groufie with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo, Presidential Photo

MANILA -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Friday she would "pray for wisdom" on whether or not she would seek her father's post in 2022.

President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter, who established herself as a force in national politics, earlier told ABS-CBN News in April that she was "not thinking" about seeking the presidency.

"Siguro para hindi tayo magkamali (to avoid mistakes), we should pray for wisdom on how to go about it and how to decide," Duterte Carpio said on Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's "Give Us This Day" program.

"Everything is easier if it is the plan of God, so I think before I think about that, I should ask God first if is this for me," she said.

Duterte-Caprio earlier said she intended to serve as Davao mayor for 3 successive 3-year terms, the maximum allowed by the Constitution. She succeeded her father in 2016, when the elder Duterte won the presidency.

Candidates supported by Duterte-Caprio's Hugpong ng Pagbabago swept the senatorial elections last May, giving her father wider influence in the legislature.

She was also among those credited for the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as speaker in 2018. The coup led to the rise of former President Gloria Arroyo as leader of the House of Representatives.

The President cautioned his daughter against seeking his post, saying the presidency could "destroy" her.