Fresh from the highly successful two day official visit in Japan, President Rodrigo Duterte is back in reality, that is dealing with Philippine politics and gossips altogether.
Rumors have been swirling around that by the time the president’s terms is over, his eldest daughter incumbent Davao City Mayor Inday Sarah Duterte will be gunning for the seat in Malacañan.
The President has branded this rumor of his daughter becoming President as “cheap talk.” *
|Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte during her dad's inauguaration (photo credit to owner)|
The president has been quoted plenty of times making a joke that his daughter will be replacing him as president of the country, as it was also Sara who replaced him as mayor of Davao. The President told that Inday Sara was not interested at all in becoming the next President.
The speaking engagements of the Davao City Mayor has also been a source of speculations that the mayor is slowly making the move for a bigger political aspirations in the future. In last month’s inauguration of Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines in Taguig City, the Davao City Mayor was introduced as “the next President.”
It was also in the same event, Inday Sara doused the speculation that said inauguration of the pro-Duterte alliance was her launching pad for the presidential run for 2022, but only a means to unite all Filipinos.
The Mayor insisted that she would stay in Davao, and made mention of the possibility of running for a seat in the House of Representatives for the first district of the provice which incumbent Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles would vacate.
“Inday is not interested. I’m telling you the truth,” President Duterte said. Inday is the nickname of the Davao City Mayor.
He said Sara did not even want to be mayor and had even tried to resign on July 1 “because of blah, blah, blah.” *
“It was a very agonizing moment for me,” Mr. Duterte said. “She really didn’t want it,” he said.
The President said he had to convince Sara to stay on, telling her that people elected her into office and she had to honor it.
Report from PDI