Duterte urges daughter Sara to run for mayor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — Four weeks before the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed to daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to consider running for mayor.

“To my mind, si Inday naay (Inday Sara has) experience and she has the mindset that can carry the city for another so many years,” Duterte said in his weekly program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” on Sunday.

He added his daughter has yet to decide but added “Inday (Duterte-Carpio) has been consistent in the refusal just like me in the presidency. Inday should ponder on it. Do not be in a hurry.”

The younger Duterte served as mayor from July 2010 to June 2013. Her father served as vice mayor during the same period after ending a second 9-year term as mayor.

The filing of COCs will be from October 12 to 16, 2015.

Asked by TV host Geraldine Tiu who would he field just in case Sara decided not to run, the mayor insisted his daughter should run.

“Bakakon si Inday, dili sya tiguwang (Inday is a liar, she is not old) She is not 70 years old. Physically, she can still be of service to the people,” he said.

He even said that his time to retire has come after serving as government prosecutor for 10 years and city mayor for 22 years.

Duterte first became mayor from 1988 to 1998. He served as representative of the first district from 1998 to 2001 and as mayor again from 2001 to 2010.

In 2013, he was elected mayor for the seventh time with son Paolo as vice mayor.

Duterte added he wanted to have a good transition from his term to the next.

“Ang ako is the bridging, we do not intend to stay there. One day, I will die. One day, ang mga Duterte mawala yan (Dutertes will be gone) just like other ruling political families here. We know that’s reality of our planet,” he added.

Earlier, his son Paolo said he would not run for any higher position next year if Sara and brother Sebastian would also run. Sebastian has been asked by some in the private sector to run as the city’s third district representative.

“Puno na kaayo og Duterte ang syudad sa Davao… didto nalang ko sa ako barangay (Davao City is already full of Dutertes… I’d rather go back to my barangay),” Paolo said.

With regard to the 2016 slate of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (Hugpong), he said some slots will be left vacant by councilors whose terms end next year.

He added Gabriela Partylist Rep. Luz Ilagan is joining the Hugpong slate for next year’s election.

Ilagan served as city councilor before winning a seat in the House of Representatives. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)