MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday appealed for understanding from supporters who have been pushing her to seek a national position in the 2022 elections.
“Masakit din para sa aking damdamin na sana’y magpaubaya sa mga kaibigan na hindi ko maibigay ang gusto ninyo,” Duterte-Carpio wrote on her official Facebook page.
Various political groups have expressed their support for the presidential daughter should she decide to join the presidential race.
Duterte-Carpio’s supporters have also conducted various activities to convince her to run for president and file her candidacy before the deadline on Friday, Oct. 8.
The Davao City mayor has consistently topped pre-election surveys on presidential preferences who may replace her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, when his term ends in June 2022.
Despite all this, she still filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor.
Duterte-Carpio said she still has a lot to do in her city as she reiterated her earlier statement that she has no plans to seek a national post in next year’s polls.
“Gusto ko po sana tapusin muna ang huli kong termino sa Mayor bago ako manungkulan sa ibang position,” she said.
“Madami sa inyo ang nasasaktan, sumama ang loob at nawalan ng pag-asa pero puwede pa rin tayo magtulungan para sa ating bayan, di kailangan ng position, di kailangan ng tayo ay Pangulo upang makatulong,” she said.
“Gawin natin ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa araw-araw natin na pamumuhay. Maraming Salamat po,” she added.
Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier said that she would not run for president, citing their family’s agreement that only one of them should gun for a national position.
President Duterte previously said he will run as vice president but later withdrew his certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) and instead threw his support for the vice presidential bid of his former longtime aide, Senator Bong Go.
At the same time, he also announced his retirement from politics and mentioned that his daughter Sara will run with Go in 2022 polls.
The camp of Sara Duterte had no comment regarding the president’s statement.