Factbox: Five issues to learn about Philippine President Duterte’s daughter


MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s shock retirement from politics after his time period ends subsequent yr has cleared the way in which for his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio’s presidential run.

Below are 5 issues to learn about Duterte-Carpio.


Just as her father did, Duterte-Carpio, 43, skilled as a lawyer earlier than getting into politics in 2007 when she was voted in as her father’s vice mayor.

In 2010, she succeeded Duterte to turn into the primary feminine mayor of Davao, a metropolis of over 1.6 million folks 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital Manila, changing her father who served as mayor for over twenty years.

Her picture is as down-to-Earth as that of her father in a rustic the place powerful performs properly: She as soon as punched a court docket official who challenged her; she rides massive bikes; and her youngsters are nicknamed Sharkie, Stingray and Stonefish.

She can be no stranger to presidential occasions and abroad journeys, serving as first woman as a result of her father’s annulled marriage.


Duterte-Carpio final month mentioned she was not but a candidate for increased workplace as a result of she and her father had agreed solely certainly one of them would run for a nationwide position subsequent yr.

Reflecting that assertion, she filed on Saturday to run for Davao mayor for a 3rd time. The identical day, nevertheless, her father introduced his retirement from politics and mentioned his daughter would run for president, together with his closest loyalist, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as vice chairman. learn extra

Her spokesperson advised Reuters that she had no touch upon the matter and knew solely what was reported in native media.

In July, Duterte-Caprio launched a Facebook web page with a video saying she wished the general public to get to know her, whereas “run, Sara, run” banners, posters and t-shirts have popped up throughout the archipelago of 110 million folks.

Last month, she mentioned a number of politicians had supplied to be her working mate.

Duterte-Carpio advised Reuters earlier this yr she had determined to not prolong the political dynasty to the presidency. “I made a chart where I listed the whys and why-nots before I decided that I am not going to run,” she mentioned, including she had not advised her father the explanation.


Political analysts mentioned last-minute modifications to the record of presidential candidates had been potential, with the deadline for withdrawals and substitutions nonetheless greater than a month a means.

They suspected father and daughter might be utilizing the identical tactic Duterte utilized in 2015 when he joined the presidential race on the eleventh-hour after repeatedly denying curiosity. learn extra

As such, a last-minute presidential entry by Duterte-Carpio couldn’t be dominated out, analysts mentioned.

Still, former political science professor Temario Rivera mentioned a Duterte-Carpio-Go tandem could be “weak” as a result of Go doesn’t have a political base that might assist herald votes.

Candidates have till Oct. 8 to register, however the window for modifications closes on Nov. 15.


Though she has by no means held nationwide workplace, Duterte-Carpio is by far the most well-liked presidential prospect, confirmed successive opinion polls this yr. learn extra

But different potential candidates minimize into her lead in a ballot of two,400 folks in September by Pulse Asia, along with her assist dropping to twenty% from 28%.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao, who has made his presidential run official after retiring from boxing, rose one notch to fourth, with 12% assist from 8% beforehand.

Another potential contender is the namesake son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was simply behind Duterte-Carpio within the ballot. Analysts mentioned Marcos could even run alongside Duterte-Carpio, both as president or as her vice chairman.

Two others have declared their intention to run: Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a former actor, and Senator Panfilo Lacson, an ex-police chief – supporters of each anticipate them to file certificates of candidacy in coming days.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who was elected individually from Duterte within the final vote, can be anticipated to announce her determination to run for the presidency this week, her supporters have mentioned. Like Pacquiao and Lacson, Robredo noticed a rise in assist within the newest Pulse Asia survey.


Analysts mentioned it’s essential Duterte’s successor is a loyalist, to insulate him from potential authorized motion at residence or by the International Criminal Court over hundreds of killings since 2016 throughout his conflict on medicine.

For Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch, nobody can shield Duterte higher than Duterte-Carpio.

But Duterte-Carpio confirmed her independence three years in the past when she united political factions to oust a presidential ally as decrease home speaker.

She has not been so outspoken on the medicine conflict that has been a centrepiece of Duterte’s administration, however has mentioned prevention and rehabilitation needs to be a part of drug coverage, and that “law enforcement should be quick to the draw”.

She has additionally not been as near China as her father – whose shut ties to Beijing rattled the normal alliance with the United States and a home safety institution with shut U.S. ties.

In 2020, Duterte-Carpio visited the United States for State Department-sponsored management coaching.

“We should be a bystander in the China versus U.S. issue,” she advised Reuters. “We should collect friends outside of the two, so that if one turns their back on us, we still have nine. And if both forget about us, we still have eight. And if eight leave us, we should stand alone.”

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Christopher Cushing

Sara Duterte, Davao City Mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech during a senatorial campaign caravan for Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Davao City, southern Philippines on May 9, 2019. HNP is a regional political party chaired by Sara Duterte. Picture taken May 9, 2019 . REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr/File Photo