President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that her daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will not run for president. At least not next year.
But Duterte said his daughter is not totally thumbing down the idea of running for the presidency as she always brings up his favorite statement that “if God wants me, I’ll become president.”
“Sara, does not want to run (now) because she has three kids, they are still young. She wants to focus first on her family affair,” Duterte said during a press conference at Villamor Airbase after the arrival of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac.
Duterte made the reaction following the Daily Tribune’s story on the possible ‘Sara-Go’ tandem in the 2022 presidential elections.
The Daily Tribune also reported that a number of congressmen met in Malacanang last week to push for Sara’s presidential bid.
“She told me, that there are still other time for her to run in the (presidential) elections and she even used my favorite statement, she said,’If God wants me, I will still become president, just like you, I will become president. It is not necessary at this time,’” Duterte said quoting his daughter.
“’If God does not want me to be president, I will not have that chance, then no more, just like that, The presidency is a gift from God.. She doesn’t want it now,” Duterte quoted Sara as saying.
According to Duterte, Sara is too young to become the next president of the country.
“She said assuming, just assuming she’ll become the president, after six years, she is still young. What she would do as ex-president, she could no longer work, she could not appear in court,” Duterte said referring to his daughter’s profession as a lawyer.
Duterte said that he advised Sara to continue her job as mayor of Davao City if she has no ambition to become president.