MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is not seeking the presidency in 2022 because she wants to focus on her family, her father President Duterte said yesterday.
Duterte said Sara shares his view that one would become president if God wills it and it does not need to happen soon.
“Sara does not want to run because she has three children. They are still small. She wants to focus on her family affairs,” the President said in Filipino.
“She told me, there is still time, and she used my favorite statement: ‘Kung gusto ng Diyos maging presidente rin ako kagaya sa iyo, magiging presidente ako. Hindi kailangan ngayon (If God wills it, I would become president like you. It does not need to happen now),’ ” he added.
If Sara runs for president and wins in 2022, her options would be limited once her term ends, Duterte said.
“The presidency is a gift from God… She does not want it now and she said, just assuming, after six years, she is still young. What can she do?” Duterte said.
“As an ex-president, she cannot work anymore, she cannot appear in court. She already became president,” he added.
Duterte also noted that the salary of the president is not that big.
He told Sara: “If you do not have an ambition, just remain in your work.“