MANILA - Like father like daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is very much qualified to become president, a Malacañang official said Wednesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte's elder daughter is just as "incorruptible" but "grittier" than her old man, qualities that will someday make her a good president, said Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo,
"Si Cory Aquino naging presidente, housewife lang. Bakit naman itong lawyer, abogado, mayor, hindi puwede? Matapang pa. Incorruptible din," Panelo told a media forum.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he "couldn't find" a better candidate for the next president other than his daughter Sara, fueling speculations of an emerging political dynasty.
The Dutertes, though widely popular in Davao City, have also been criticized for controlling local politics there for more than two decades now. Duterte's eldest son Paolo is currently Davao City Vice Mayor.
Panelo cited accounts by city hall employees describing the daughter as "stricter" than the father when he was the city mayor.
In 2011, she made the news when she punched a court sheriff for enforcing a demolition order despite her instruction to put in on hold for a few hours for humanitarian reasons.
"Puwede siyang maging presidente kung ako tatanungin mo. Pareho ng ugali ng tatay nya. Mas matindi pa nga eh. Abogada pa," he said.
But does the fiesty Davao Mayor want to?
"Ako na magsasabi sa inyo. Ayaw na ayaw niya na maging pulitiko. Pinilit lang talaga sya," Panelo added.