President Rodrigo Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Chartered Flight PR001 upon his arrival at the Qionghai Bo'ao International Airport in Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
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'She's too wise for that': Duterte says daughter Sara won't run for senator
( - October 12, 2018 - 12:02pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio won’t run for senator next year.

“I’m telling you don’t believe Inday... She won’t run for senator nor president,” Duterte said in a mix of English and Filipino at a press conference upon his arrival from Indonesia.

“Believe me, she’s too wise for that,” he added.

Based on results of a September 1 to 7 poll by Pulse Asia, 39.5 percent of voters surveyed said they would pick Sara in the upcoming senatorial race in May next year, putting her in the fifth spot. Sen. Grace Poe remains in the lead.

Last week, the presidential daughter said the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) political party offered her a slot, but she refused to accept it.

The younger Duterte said she would seek re-election as Davao City mayor despite her strong survey numbers.

Speaking to the Filipino community in Jordan last month, Duterte, whose family is an influential clan in Davao City, said he hopes Sara could fulfill his unmet promises once he steps down. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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