Philippines election: Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara to run for vice-president
- Sara Duterte entered the race by way of substitution after her party’s original candidate withdrew
- The 43-year-old’s decision came as a surprise as she has led opinion polls throughout this year as the preferred presidential candidate
Sara Duterte-Carpio, 43, entered the vice presidential race by way of substitution after her political party’s original candidate withdrew, her spokesperson, Mayor Christina Garcia- Frasco said in a statement.
Garcia-Frasco said Duterte-Carpio would be releasing a statement soon.
Duterte-Carpio’s decision to seek the country’s No. 2 job came as a surprise as she has led opinion polls throughout this year as the preferred presidential candidate.
“It was a surprise,” Antonio La Vina, professor of law and politics at the Ateneo de Manila University said. “Next surprise is VP for whom.”
In the Philippines, president is elected separately from the vice-president.
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pulls out of 2020 election and plans to retire from politics
Duterte-Carpio’s 76-year-old father is barred by the Constitution from seeking a second six-year term. He said last month he was retiring from politics.
The Southeast Asian nation of 110 million people holds elections in May 2022 for positions from president down to governors, mayors and local officials.