- Davao City mayor said she would run for senator if father’s critics continue to annoy her
- She said she would rather seek a congressional seat in hometown though
- She thanked those who support her, said it is enough that Davao City remains prosperous
MANILA, Philippines – Although landing in the Top 12 of two different surveys on the possible contenders for the 2019 senatorial elections, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said she will only mull a possible run if the critics of her father President Rodrigo Duterte continue to irk her.
“Just don’t let the enemies of PRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) annoy me, then my slot should become available to all the yellows,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying.
The administration and its allies often refer to the once-ruling Liberal Party and its supporters as ‘yellows’. The LP has since become a major opposition figure after Duterte became president; with several of its members locking horns with him on several issues.
Her father himself has regularly floated her and Sen. Manny Pacquiao as his potential successors for the presidency in 2022.
Despite her good score in the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Laylo Research Strategies’ polls, the younger Duterte said she would rather focus on her hometown of Davao City as its representative when she steps down as mayor.
“I do not have plans of running for a national post in the 2019 elections. But I have plans of running in the first congressional district of Davao City,” she said.
Duterte also thanked her supporters —especially those in Davao City— for their continuing trust in her.
“Thank you to those who gave their support, but I still believe that being a responsible Davaoeño, whether in public office or as a practicing lawyer, is my contribution to nation building,” she said. “If Davao City is strong, then that is the Davaoeños’ patriotism at work.”