Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday afternoon withdrew her certificate of candidacy (CoC) for reelection less than a week before the Commission on Election’s deadline for substitution of candidates.
Her younger brother, incumbent Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, will be her substitute, she said.
“Ngayong hapon wini-withdraw ko ang akong kandidatura sa pagka-Mayor ng Davao City. Si VM Baste ang papalit sa akin. Si Atty. Melchor Quitain ang nominado namin sa pagka-Bise Alkalde. Ito lamang po muna. Maraming salamat po,” Duterte-Carpio wrote in a Facebook post.
Baste Duterte withdrew his CoC for vice mayor on Tuesday morning.
Prior to the filing of certificates of candidacies, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter has been the frontrunner of nationwide pre-election surveys for the most preferred presidential bet in the 2022 elections.
She filed her CoC for reelection last 2 October, dousing speculations that she will gun for the presidency next year.
Duterte-Carpio served as Davao City vice mayor from 2007 to 2010, and was elected as mayor from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2016 when her father became president.
In July, Duterte-Carpio bared her “openness” to run for president in 2022 and started consulting local leaders in Cebu, the most vote-rich province in the country.
The President had cautioned his daughter not to follow in his footsteps, saying that being a president is not a woman’s job. Duterte, however, later proposed that the Davao City chief executive takes Go as her vice president if she runs for president, which she rejected.
President Duterte won the presidential elections in 2016 despite entering the race as a substitute candidate and beyond the filing of candidacy’s deadline.